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North Shore reports 77 new COVID cases

High vaccination rates inch up by about one per cent per week

‚ÄčNumbers of new COVID cases on the North Shore remained steady in the past week.

There were 77 new cases of COVID-19 on the North Shore in the past week – similar to the 73 cases the week before.

Between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 there were 57 cases in North Vancouver and 20 in West Vancouver, according to information released by B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control.

Data from the B.C. CDC shows there has recently been slightly higher rate of cases in the eastern and central part of the District of North Vancouver, and in West Vancouver where there have been six new daily cases per 100,000 people. In the central part of the North Shore, including the City of North Vancouver, there have been between three and five new daily cases per 100,000. Positive COVID test rates on the North Shore range between zero (on Bowen Island) and four per cent (in West Vancouver.)

COVID map LM Oct16
A map showing the geographical breakdown of new COVID cases in the Lower Mainland for the week ending Oct. 16. BC CDC

Rates of vaccination on the North Shore are still inching up, at about one per cent per week, with between 90 and 94 per cent of people over 12 having received one dose and between 86 and 90 per cent of those fully vaccinated as of Oct. 19.

Between 84 and 89 per cent of teens between 12 and 17 are fully vaccinated on the North Shore while between 82 and 90 per cent of adults between 18 and 49 have received both shots. Rates of vaccination remain highest in adults over 50.

Provincially, 715 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday. A total of 377 people were in hospital with COVID, or COVID-related complications, while 136 people were in intensive care.

In the past two weeks, about 70 per cent of hospitalizations in the province were among people not vaccinated.

Hot spots continue to be in the Northern health region, as well as in the eastern Fraser Valley.