PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- The Terrace Local Health area is reporting its highest weekly case count of COVID-19 since the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) started publicly releasing regional case counts last November.

From October 10th to 16th, the Terrace area reported 71 new cases.

Other nearby regions struggling with the virus as well, particularly those in the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District.

  • Burns Lake: 17
  • Kitimat: 16
  • Nechako: 61
  • Nisga’a: 9
  • Smithers: 56
  • Snow Country – Stikine – Telegraph Creek: 9
  • Upper Skeena: 24

According to the Centre for Disease Control, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii have the lowest per capita COVID-19 rates in all of Northern Health.

Prince Rupert saw 13 new cases last week, while Haida Gwaii had just one new case.

Vaccination rates:

84 per cent of British Columbians are fully vaccinated, but the only area with a second-dose rate at that level in Northwest B.C. is Kitimat.

Additionally, the BCCDC has previously suggested the region’s vaccination rates could be inaccurate due to a possible increase in temporary workers affecting the rate’s numerator but not the denominator.

Around the coast, about four-fifths of residents in Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and the Nass Valley are fully vaccinated. In Terrace, Upper Skeena and the far northwest, around three-quarters of residents have had both shots.

Further east, second-dose vaccination rates in Smithers, Burns Lake and Nechako are about 15-20 per cent lower than the provincial average.

  • Kitimat:100% first doses, 87% second doses.
  • Nisga'a: 90% first doses, 80% second doses.
  • Haida Gwaii: 89% first doses, 82% second doses.
  • Prince Rupert: 88% first doses, 79% second doses.
  • Snow Country – Stikine – Telegraph Creek: 88% first doses, 78% second doses.
  • Terrace: 84% first doses, 76% second doses.
  • Upper Skeena: 83% first doses, 73% second doses.
  • Smithers: 78% first doses, 69% second doses.
  • Burns Lake: 75% first doses, 67% second doses.
  • Nechako: 73% first doses, 64% second doses.