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COVID-19 cases more than double in Summerland

Summerland currently has the highest per capita daily case rate
Weekly cases for the South Okanagan rose over April 25 to May 1, particularly in Summerland, according the map from the BC Centre for Disease Control. (BC CDC)

The South Okanagan’s weekly COVID-19 cases are back up over 50 for the week of April 25 to May 1, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Cases in Summerland more than doubled, going to 28 from the 12 cases recorded over April 18 to 24, putting the local health area at an average daily rate of over 20 per 100,000.

Three of the four schools in Summerland have had COVID-19 exposures in the last week.

Cases in Penticton stayed steady, with 34 for the most recent week, up from 30 cases the week before.

READ MORE: South Okanagan Similkameen weekly COVID-19 cases stay steady

Keremeos’ weekly cases increased to six, from two for the week of April 18 to 24 and none the week of April 11 to 17.

Similkameen Elementary Secondary School in Keremeos had COVID-exposures April 26 to 28 and one staff and one resident at Orchard Haven long-term care home had tested positive on April 24.

The South Okanagan region including Oliver and Osoyoos recorded 14 new cases, up from the six recorded over April 18 to 24 and below the 21 recorded from April 11 to 17.

There was one new case reported in Princeton over the most recent week, with one reported over April 18 to 28.

The Central Okanagan, which maintains the highest weekly COVID-19 case numbers in the Interior, saw 174 for the week of April 25 to May 1.

READ MORE: 57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The province overall saw a decrease in the daily number of cases reported on Wednesday, May 5 with 572 cases. In the Interior, there were 57 new cases reported, with 30 individuals currently hospitalized.

The B.C. RCMP also announced officers will be stationed at four locations to enforce road checks in the province starting on Thursday, May 6, as travel restrictions come into effect.

The province has been broken up into three travel zones: Vancouver Island, Interior/Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal/Fraser Health. Travellers found disobeying public health orders to stay within their own zones will be fined $575.

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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