Data shows the city of Surrey is the site of the largest gross number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 3,993 cases in the local health zone which includes most of the city’s population. An additional 298 cases have been detected in the South Surrey / White Rock local health zone, although the BCCDC does not specify which municipality these cases correspond to.
The largest city in British Columbia has recorded the second highest number of cases, with 3,444 cases in Vancouver as of October 31.
In the city of Vancouver – which is subdivided into several local health zones – the downtown area saw the most cases (857).
That said, each region of the city has recorded more than 200 cases per 100,000 population, the highest concentration shown on the color-coded map.
This is because every local health zone in Metro Vancouver is shaded in the dark purple hue that indicates over 200 cases per 100,000 people, with the exception of the city of Richmond.
In Richmond, there were 411 cases of COVID-19 between January 1 and October 31, a total that equates to between 150 and 200 cases per 100,000 population.
Most of the coronavirus cases in British Columbia have been located in the two health authorities that serve the Lower Mainland: Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Recently published data shows that almost all regions of these two health authorities treat more than 200 cases per 100,000 population. However, there are exceptions. In addition to the aforementioned lower number of cases per capita in Richmond, Vancouver Coastal Health has seen lower numbers in its areas outside of Metro Vancouver, including 150-200 cases per 100,000 in the local health zone. from Powell River and 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 on the Sunshine Coast.
Likewise, Fraser Health’s easternmost local health zones experienced a decrease in the number of cases per capita.
Elsewhere in British Columbia, there are a few local health zones that still have not recorded a single confirmed case of COVID-19.
This includes the Cowichan Valley West region of Island Health, the North Thompson region of Interior Health, and the Stikine region of Northern Health, among others.
The BCCDC is quick to point out, however, that the absence of a confirmed case does not mean that there is no risk to residents of a given region.
“Note that the number of cases in (the local health zone) may not represent the place of exposure (for example, people who contracted the disease while traveling or working elsewhere), and that all people infected with COVID-19 are not being tested and reported, “the card warns. “The virus can circulate undetected in the community, including in areas where no cases have been identified by public health. ”
While the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have been located in the Lower Mainland, health authorities outside the region have also dealt with their own hot spots. The updated map shows at least one local health zone within each health authority that has recorded more than 200 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population.