[This story originally appeared on The North Coast Review, a blog based in Prince Rupert that contains “items of interest to those living on the North Coast of BC.”]
Two high-profile outbreaks of COVID 19 have painted the BC Centre for Disease Control map a dark shade of red in Prince Rupert for the first time since the data has been made public, with the centre’s weekly report now noting 38 cases of COVID recorded in the community from January 17 to 23.
The Prince Rupert surge comes from the ongoing outbreaks at the Acropolis Manor Long Term Care facility, which hosts the largest volume of case reports, as well as from the classrooms of School District 52 in the city.
Still, despite the dramatic increase for Prince Rupert, the community still is not atop the findings across the Northwest for the week of data review, with Terrace once again the hot zone for COVID in the Northwest with 59 cases noted from January 17-23.
The BC CDC shares data on a weekly basis culled from Local Health Authority reports and while the results for Prince Rupert and Terrace are concerning, during the data collection period, other areas of the Northwest show some moderation from past results.
Across the remainder of the Northwest, the cases reported from January 17-23 were as follows.
Terrace — 59
Kitimat — 18
Smithers — 16
Bella Coola Valley — 12
Nechako — 12
Burns Lake — 11
Nisga’a Region — 9
Upper Skeena — 3
Snow Country-Stikine-Telegraph Creek –3
Haida Gwaii — 1
The Central Coast once again this week had no cases of COVID reported in the period.