On the map that shows the numbers across the province from January through July, Chilliwack has only reported 34 cases of COVID-19. By comparison, Abbotsford reported 454 for the same period.
The card is not without fine print, explaining the complexity of the numbers. For example, cases are mapped according to the person’s place of residence. Persons whose residence is unknown or who live outside of British Columbia are not included in this specific data.
Although the map was created by the CDC, information about it came from health officials in the province. The map does not represent all cases, the CDC notes, as many cases likely went unreported.
He also warns that just because the number of a community is low or non-existent doesn’t mean that there are no cases.
As for other neighboring communities, Surrey has had 521 reported cases, Greater Victoria has had 29, Kamloops has had 53 and the regions of Hope, Princeton and Keremeos combined have had no reported cases.
The map also does not distinguish asymptomatic from symptomatic cases, nor does it detail hospitalizations or deaths from COVID-19.
Chilliwack’s relatively low numbers are despite the health region being the highest in the province for cases. But Chilliwack has seen at least two outbreaks during the period highlighted by the CDC. One was in a chicken processing plant and the other was in a long-term care facility.
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