Northern Health sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in one day

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Northern Health Authority (NHA) saw 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Oct. 27), the highest number of cases NHA has reported in one day since the beginning of the pandemic.

The previous one-day high was 12 cases, reported on Sept. 15.

In addition to cases, the B.C. COVID-19 Dashboard records the average test turn-around time in hours, with times ranging anywhere from about 30 to 40 hours. However, the two days before Oct. 27 saw some of the lowest numbers of tests performed in NHA, with 122 tests done on Oct. 25 and 139 on Oct. 26.

Northern Health performed 197 tests on Oct. 24, but that number is still fairly low compared to some days in September which saw up to 500 tests completed in one day.

The Terrace Local Health Area (LHA) has seen a total of 18 reported cases from January to the end of September. The total number of reported cases in Terrace is similar to the Smithers and Nechako LHAs, which have had 19 and 23 cases, but higher than in the Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Nisga’a LHAs, which have reported four, two and one case respectively.

LHA cases are mapped by location of residence and updated at the end of each month, so local data for October has not been released yet.

In total, NHA has seen 399 COVID-19 cases, with 373 of those cases recovered as of Oct. 28. There are currently 16 new cases and 23 active cases, and three deaths have also been confirmed in the north.

As of Oct. 28 Northern Health reports 32 people ever hospitalized to date and one currently in intensive care.

With files from Clare Rayment

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News