Terrace area sees drop in COVID-19 cases

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There were 23 new COVID-19 cases in the Terrace local health area (LHA) between Mar. 7 and Mar. 13, according to the latest data published by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). That is 30 fewer cases than the previous week.

The Terrace (LHA), which includes Kitselas, Thornhill, and Kitsumkalum, had an average daily rate of 15.1 to 20 cases per 100,000 people.

There were four new cases in the Nass Valley. Those BCCDC figures for the Nass Valley may not match numbers self-reported by the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA), due to differences in how the two organizations track cases.

In the Prince Rupert LHA there were 117 new cases, 9 on Haida Gwaii, and 11 in the Kitimat LHA. The province is in the process of vaccinating every adult in Prince Rupert by April 1, due to the increasing case counts and transmission in the community.

In the northwest, Prince Rupert, Nisga’a, Haida Gwaii, and Upper Skeena LHA’s all have an average daily rate of greater than 20 cases per 100,000 people.

Northern Health has listed new COVID-19 exposure notices for Skeena Middle School and Caledonia Secondary School in Terrace on its public exposures and outbreaks webpage.

Exposures were reported at Skeena Middle School on Mar. 1 to Mar. 5 and Mar. 8. Caledonia Secondary School saw an exposure noticed for Mar. 8 to Mar. 9.

On March 16, Northern Health declared an end to the COVID-19 outbreak at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert. In total, 33 residents and 24 staff tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak, resulting in the deaths of 16 residents. The outbreak was first declared Jan. 19.

That leaves the outbreak at Pretivm Resources’ Brucejack Mine north of Stewart as the only active outbreak in the Northern Health Authority. As of March 8, there have been 51 laboratory confirmed cases, and there have been no new cases connected to the outbreak since late February, according to a Northern Health information bulletin. One person has died in association with the outbreak.

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News