And just like that, we're back in double-digits.
After a one-week stint above 100, the Tri-Cities dropped back to a low it hasn't seen since early August thanks to a 30 per cent decrease in COVID-19 local cases.
Between Nov. 14 and 20, there were just 71 infections confirmed by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
The data is part of the organization's latest Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence data, showing 30 fewer cases for the virus last week compared to 101 found the week of Nov. 7.
The last time the Tri-Cities was below 100 cases was the week of Halloween when 87 were detected.
The lower case count comes despite no change in vaccination rates against COVID-19 for the region.
Among eligible residents aged 12 years and older, 91.6 per cent of residents have received a single dose and 89 per cent have received two.
And more than a third of Tri-City residents have been given a third shot for protection against the virus.
According to the BCCDC, 36 per cent of eligible residents have received a booster jab, among those aged 70 years and older as of Monday (Nov. 22) — the fourth-highest in the Fraser Health authority and 18th in all of B.C.
If you include eligible immuno-compromised residents aged 12 years and older, seven per cent of the Tri-Cities have been jabbed with a non-mandatory third shot.
But while Tri-City COVID-19 cases have dropped, the region still ranks fifth-highest for COVID-19 cases among cities covered by Fraser Health.
Abbotsford currently has the highest count (197) followed by Surrey (159), Langley (119) and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows (95).
Fraser Health is hosting a reoccurring clinic at Douglas College to help those still seeking a vaccine against COVID-19.
The Coquitlam campus at 1250 Pinetree Way is setting up eight pop-up clinics between today (Nov. 26) and Dec. 17, 2021 — behind the Tim Hortons from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
- Nov. 26, 27 and 29
- Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13 and 17
Eligible residents can walk up to get inoculated with no appointment necessary, though you're encouraged to book one for a smoother visit.
If it's your first jab, you will need your personal health number and a piece of ID.
If it's your second, and it's been at least 28 days since your first dose, you will need your personal health number, ID and immunization record card.
For more information, you can visit the authority's website.
The Coquitlam Central Station's Park and Ride overflow lot is still acting as a mass immunization clinic and is also offering third doses of vaccine against the virus.
Those jabs are only being recommended at this time for eligible residents 70 years and older, as well as those classified as immuno-compromised.
The station has slightly altered its hours of operation:
- 2900 Barnet Hwy.
- 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. = Monday to Friday
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. = Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
- Entrance off Mariner Way – east side of Rona. Proceed down the ramp and turn right
- The address will direct you to the main lot on the left but COVID-19 Services are located in the overflow lot to the right
- Do not cut through the Rona parking lot. Please follow the signs