The number of new COVID cases is continuing to inch down on the North Shore as vaccination rates edge upwards.
The number of new cases has been low and stable for the past three weeks. There were 10 cases reported in the week ending July 3, compared to 11 cases last week and 12 the week previous.
Of the cases reported, six were in North Vancouver and four were in West Vancouver. Detailed information from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows those cases have popped up in West Vancouver and the eastern part of the District of North Vancouver.
The District of North Vancouver continues to have one of the top overall vaccination rates in the province, with between 86 and 87 per cent of those 12 and over having received one dose. It is also the community with the highest vaccination rate in the Lower Mainland.
Overall vaccination rates in the City of North Vancouver are between 83 and 84 per cent for those 12 and over. In West Vancouver vaccination rates are between 79 and 82 per cent.
Similar patterns in steadily declining case counts amid rising vaccination rates have been seen throughout the Lower Mainland, with the number of new infections continuing to drop in areas like Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Most communities in the Lower Mainland reported fewer than 20 cases in the past week.
According to B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control, the majority of COVID cases in June – 76 per cent – were among younger, unvaccinated people. About 22 per cent of cases were in people who had received one dose of the vaccine. Only two per cent were recorded in people who had received two doses.
Data shows about 92 per cent of cases provincewide are variants. In Vancouver Coastal Health, that number is slightly lower, at 80 per cent.
The Gamma P1 variant first identified in Brazil now makes up 50 per cent of cases in the province and 68 per cent of the cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, while the Alpha variant first identified in the U.K. makes up 36 per cent of cases provincewide.
The Delta variant, first identified in India, makes up 14 per cent of cases in the province and 20 per cent of cases in Vancouver Coastal Health.
Since the pandemic began in January 2020, there have been 5,027 recorded cases of COVID on the North Shore to the end of June, including 3,696 in North Vancouver and 1,331 in West Vancouver.