Chilliwack’s COVID case count dropped sharply from last week. (BC Centre for Disease Control graphic)

Chilliwack’s COVID case count dropped sharply from last week. (BC Centre for Disease Control graphic)

Chilliwack’s COVID count drops sharply in latest BC Centre for Disease Control report

While Chilliwack and Abbotsford both saw dramatic reductions, Agassiz had a bad week

Chilliwack’s COVID case count took a sharp dive last week.

The latest report on local health authorities (LHA) released by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) showed Chilliwack with just 69 cases between Mar. 7 and 13.

The previous seven day period from Feb. 28 to Mar. 6 had 110 cases and the lowest weekly total in 2021 was 73 cases recorded between Feb. 7 and 13.

Chilliwack is now averaging between 5.1 and 10 daily cases per 100,000 people, which is third best among the six categories put forth by the BCCDC.

The news is not nearly so good in Agassiz, which now falls into hot-spot territory after recording 16 cases last week. That’s a small number, but it’s in a small community, and averages out to more than 20 daily cases per 100,000 people.

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Further east, Hope had just two cases of COVID recorded last week.

Looking west, Abbotsford’s numbers dropped considerably, from 183 cases last week to 124 this week. The city’s daily rate per 100,000 people sits between 10.1 and 15 — the third worst BCCDC category but far better than what it’s been.

By volume, Surrey is still struggling to get a lid on COVID, recording 925 cases last week after recording 863 the week before.

Other hot-spots in the province include smaller LHAs like Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Nisga’a, Upper Skeena and the Bella Coola Valley.

Terrace, Kitimat, Howe Sound and Merritt are teetering on the edge of hot-spot status.


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