New local COVID-19 infections remained in single digits for a third straight week.
From Feb 7 – 13, the Smithers Local Health Area (Houston to Witset) recorded just nine new confirmed cases of the disease, up slightly from the previous week when it was five.
The number was also five from Jan 24 – Jan 30 following several weeks of double digits.
That brings the total case count for Smithers LHA to 2014 since January 2020.
New caseloads in the LHAs of the Northwest Health Service Delivery Area (HSDA) east of Smithers have also been in decline. The Burns Lake LHA reported only three cases during the most recent reporting period while Nechako was down to one.
West of Smithers, however, new infections remained high relative to population.
For the second week of February, Prince Rupert had 55, Terrace 47, Upper Skeena 11, Haida Gwaii 9, and the aggregated LHAs of Snow Country, Telegraph Creek and Stikine reported 5.
Kitimat reported no new infections.
A weekly report on Health Service Delivery Areas (HSDA), of which there are three in Northern Health, is expected later today.
Meanwhile, Anita Anand, Canada’s procurement minister, announced this morning vaccine deliveries are back on track following weeks of delays.