Penticton has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia – Revelstoke Review

Penticton has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita in the province.

According to data released by the BC Center for Disease Control, Penticton is currently at a rate of 32 cases per 100,000 population for the last week of testing April 10-16.

The region recorded 102 positive cases for the week of April 10-16, following a week of 72 cases from April 3-9.

Penticton’s case rate from April 3-9 was also one of the highest in the province during that time, at 23 per 100,000.

The next closest region on a purely per capita basis in the province is the Bella Coola Valley, which had only five cases from April 10-16, but due to the health zone’s small population, the rate of 23 cases per 100,000.

The cases reported by the BC CDC do not take into account rapid home tests, or any other tests not submitted to health authorities.

Central Okanagan, by comparison, has reported far fewer COVID cases. This health region that encompasses Kelowna and Vernon recorded a total of 146 cases from April 10 to 16, down from the 157 recorded from April 3 to 9. Per capita, the central Okanagan has remained around nine to 10 cases per 100,000 for the past four weeks.

In Penticton, two long-term care facilities Haven Hill and Westview Place reported recent outbreaks, which resulted in more than 60 cases. All of these cases were not reflected in the BC CDC data because they would have been reported after the most recent data.

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