Some good news on the COVID-19 front for the Tri-Cities.
There was no increase in locally detected cases of the virus in the region.
In fact, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) found the same number of lab-confirmed infections as its previous Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence report.
At 34, it remains the fewest cases detected in a seven-day reporting period in 2022, calculated across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra for the week of June 12 to 18 — same as June 5 to 11.
That's the same total as cases found in Burnaby (34), the second highest in all of Fraser Health — Surrey tallied 64 — and third highest in the province.
On record, 11 is the fewest number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Tri-Cities over a seven-day reporting period.
That was almost a year ago between July 4 and 10, 2021.
And while the numbers are amid tighter testing restrictions by B.C. public health officials, almost all other metrics tracking the COVID-19 pandemic fell in the past week.
There are currently 273 people in B.C. hospitals with COVID-19 — the fewest since March 26, when there were 260 such people and the province provided daily updates.
COVID-19 deaths continue to accumulate, but the 26 presumed COVID-19 deaths in the past week is almost half of the 50 such deaths reported one week ago.
That weekly death total is up until June 18. It includes anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within 30 days and then died. That calculation may include people who tested positive and then died in car accidents.
The Tri-Cities maintains the same COVID-19 single- (92 per cent), double- (90 per cent) and triple-vaccination rates (59 per cent) it's held for the last two weeks, but more specific groups are modestly bumping up.
North Coquitlam's sub-region is the third in the Tri-Cities to reach a 90 per cent double-vaccination average among eligible residents five years and older, thanks in part to more kids electing to get a second shot against the virus.
Coquitlam's 53 per cent total for two doses in kids aged five to 11 is now the fourth highest in the category for Fraser Health.
Meanwhile, all eligible Tri-City residents looking to get a vaccine against COVID-19 can still book an appointment at a multi-vaccination clinic in Coquitlam.
Parents and guardians wishing to get their child protected from COVID-19 and other diseases can also come to the clinic.
- COVID-19 vaccine
- For eligible children and adolescents aged five and older
- Tdap-IPV vaccine
- Protects against tetanus diphtheria, whooping cough and polio
- MMRV vaccine
- Protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox
You can also visit the province's website for more information.
- with files from Glen Korstrom, Business In Vancouver