The Tri-Cities are back in double-digits.
And that's a good thing.
The region's COVID-19 curve continues to bend in the right direction as 81 lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections were detected between May 30 and June 5 in the latest geographic distribution by local health area of case residence data released by the BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC).
This is the lowest seven-day reporting period for the Tri-Cities in six months since 90 infections were recorded between Jan. 10 and 16. That was also the last time the region wasn't in triple-digits.
In the previous data — from May 23 to 29 — there were 101 cases of COVID-19 found across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
The five weeks before then were as follows, noting the number of cases has gone down by more than 75% in the last two months:
- 144 = May 16 to 22
- 153 = May 9 to 15
- 167 = May 2 to 8
- 277 = April 25 to May 1
- 344 = April 18 to 24
The data comes as all five Tri-City sub-regions have officially reached the 75% immunization threshold as of yesterday (June 10) in terms of eligible residents aged 12 years and older receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Port Moody-Anmore-Belcarra is nearing 80% as of today (June 11).
On May 27, the authority supported the idea of the Mayor’s Immunization Challenge as communities within within the Fraser Health region compete to see which one could reach an 80% vaccination rate the fastest.
The purpose of the friendly competition is also to encourage residents to register for a vaccine in order to meet the province’s restart guide between now and September so normal activities can resume.
Every Tri-City community reached the 70% mark on June 2.
As of today, Fraser Health has recorded 85,123 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
There have been 910 virus-linked deaths in the regional authority since the start of the pandemic.
Currently, there are 878 active cases, 22 people admitted into critical care among 71 hospitalizations and 83,301 recoveries.
There are also no new workplace closures to COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities, according to Fraser Health, and all previous exposure alerts have been lifted.