The weekly COVID-19 case count for Nov. 21 to 27. (BC CDC)

The weekly COVID-19 case count for Nov. 21 to 27. (BC CDC)

Summerland driving increase in South Okanagan weekly COVID-19 cases

The local health area’s weekly cases have doubled three weeks in a row

Summerland’s weekly COVID-19 case count has continued to double as schools in the community report their own exposures.

Over the week of Nov. 21 to 27, the Summerland local health area reported 28 new cases compared to 14 the week before.

The week before saw three Summerland schools report potential COVID-19 exposures, which come after a student or staff member has tested positive. Those exposures continued into the most recent week of COVID-19 tracking.

READ MORE: 2 Penticton and 2 Summerland schools report potential COVID-19 exposures

The Penticton local health area stayed steady at 18 cases for the second week in a row.

The South Okanagan Similkameen as a whole saw the number of cases rise from 38 to 47 over the most recent week, driving almost entirely by the increase in cases in Summerland.

It is the third straight week where cases in Summerland have at least doubled the number seen the week before.

READ MORE: COVID-19 cases tick up in Penticton and Summerland

Princeton and Keremeos both recorded no new cases, continuing their steady decline in recent weeks.

The Southern Okanagan local health area also recorded a decline in weekly cases from three to one over the most recent week.

Third doses of the vaccine are seeing a quick pick up among those eligible, with Penticton seeing another three per cent of those eligible getting the shot for a total of 15 per cent as of Nov. 30.

READ MORE: Children in Interior Health are eligible for vaccines

Summerland, the Southern Okanagan and Keremeos are all close behind with 13 per cent of people with three doses as of Nov. 30.

Princeton’s third dose rate increased more modestly, up to eight per cent from six on Nov. 23.

The number of second and first doses among those aged 12 and above stayed steady, with 86 per cent of people aged 12 and above in the Southern Okanagan with two shots, compared to 91 per cent with a single dose. Summerland and Penticton are nearing their second dose cap as well, with both sitting at 85 per cent second dose rate and 88 per cent with a single shot.

Princeton and Keremeos both have 83 per cent of people with a single shot and 79 per cent two shots.

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