This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 2 to 9, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 2 to 9, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Active COVID-19 cases in Delta down last week

39 cases the week ending Oct. 9; seven of 13 Fraser Health local health areas saw rise in cases

Active COVID-19 cases in Delta were down last week after climbing by more than 50 per cent the week before.

The latest weekly map released by the BC Centre for Disease Control showing the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases by local health area (LHA) of residence shows Delta had 39 cases for the week of Oct. 3 to 9, 26 fewer than the week before.

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The overall number of active cases in the Fraser Health region also decreased by 86 last week, — 1,780 compared to 1,866 the week before.

Previously, overall case numbers in the region had been rising for 11 of the past 13 weeks after nearly three months of falling COVID numbers. Still, last week was the eighth week in a row of 1,000+ cases. Before that, cases hadn’t topped 1,000 since the week ending May 29.

Seven of the 13 local health areas (LHAs) in the region saw small increases from the previous week, the largest in South Surrey/White Rock (90, up 17 from the week before).

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Data shared on the BC CDC’s COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard Tuesday shows Delta had an overall daily average of six new cases per 100,000 people for the week of Oct. 11, down one from the week before.

Broken down by community health service areas (CHSAs), that’s a rate of six cases per 100,000 people in North Delta (up from five the week before), 10 in Ladner (up from nine) and three in Tsawwassen (down from nine). The CHSA of Tsawwassen is comprised of both the Delta community and the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Delta’s total case count over that time frame represented one per cent of cases in B.C. that week, unchanged from the week before. Delta is home to two per cent of the province’s population.

The overall test positivity rate in Delta for the week Oct. 11 was two per cent, down from three the week before, but the rates varied somewhat between Delta’s three CHSAs.

North Delta and Ladner’s rates were unchanged from the week prior — two per cent and three per cent, respectively — while Tsawwassen’s rate was two per cent, down from three the week before.

Positivity rates were a bit higher when looking only at public tests — three per cent for Delta as a whole (unchanged), three per cent for North Delta (unchanged), three per cent for Ladner (down from four) and two per cent for Tsawwassen (down from four).

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The dashboard also shows breakdowns of vaccine coverage across the CHSAs by age (12+, 12-17, 18+, 18-49 and 50+) and by whether people have received their first or second dose.

As of Oct. 11, Delta continued to lead all other LHAs in Fraser Health with 94 per cent of adults aged 12 and over having received at least their first does of vaccine, up one per cent from the week before. As well, 88 per cent of residents 12 and over have received their second dose as well, unchanged from the week before.

Broken down by CHSA, that’s 94 per cent first dose coverage in North Delta (up one per cent from the week before), 94 per cent in Ladner (unchanged), and 93 per cent in Tsawwassen (up one per cent). In terms of second dose rates, that’s 87 per cent in North Delta (unchanged), 90 per cent in Ladner (up one per cent) and 89 per cent in Tsawwassen (up one per cent).

Limited to adults 18 and over, first dose rates were 94 per cent for Delta as a whole (up one per cent from the week before), 94 for North Delta (unchanged), 94 for Ladner (unchanged) and 93 for Tsawwassen (up one per cent). Second dose rates were 89 per cent for Delta as a whole (up one per cent), 88 for North Delta (up one per cent), 90 for Ladner (unchanged) and 89 for Tsawwassen (up one per cent).

The dashboard also includes vaccine coverage for kids aged 12-17. First dose rates for that age range as of Oct. 11 were 92 per cent for Delta as a whole (up one per cent), 91 for North Delta (up one per cent), 95 for Ladner (up two per cent) and 91 for Tsawwassen (unchanged). Second dose rates were 84 per cent for Delta as a whole (up one per cent), 82 for North Delta (up one per cent), 88 for Ladner (up two per cent) and 85 for Tsawwassen (up one per cent).

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First dose rates were nearly the same for those 18-49 and those 50 and over, though second dose rates were markedly different between the two groups.

For adults 50 and over, first dose coverage in Delta was 94 per cent (unchanged from the week previous). Broken down by CHSA, that’s 93 per cent in North Delta (unchanged), 95 in Ladner (unchanged) and 94 in Tsawwassen (unchanged). Second dose rates were 91 per cent for Delta as a whole (unchanged), 90 for North Delta (unchanged), 93 for Ladner (up one per cent) and 92 for Tsawwassen (unchanged).

For those aged 18-49, first dose coverage was 94 per cent for Delta overall (up one per cent), 95 for North Delta (up one per cent), 94 for Ladner (up one per cent) and 90 for Tsawwassen (unchanged). Second dose rates were lower — 86 per cent for Delta as a whole (up one per cent), 86 for North Delta (up one per cent), 87 for Ladner (up one per cent) and 84 for Tsawwassen (up one per cent).

After Delta, the Fraser Health LHA with the highest first dose vaccine coverage for adults aged 12 and over was Surrey with 93 per cent (up one per cent from the week before). The next highest were Burnaby and New Westminster with 92, (both up one per cent), followed by Tri-Cities (90, unchanged) and South Surrey/White Rock (89, unchanged).

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On Oct. 6, the BC CDC posted an updated map showing total cumulative cases by local health area through to the end of September. The map shows there were a total of 5,349 COVID-19 cases in Delta through to Sept. 30, meaning there were 193 new cases last month, compared to 223 in August, 26 in July, 92 in June, 488 in May, 990 in April and 614 in March.

The map also shows there were 1,357 new cases in Surrey in September, compared to 980 in August, 189 in July, 529 in June, 4,012 in May, 7,043 in April and 4,406 in March.

For the Fraser Health region as a whole, there were 6,792 new cases of COVID-19 in September, compared to 4,478 in August, 771 in July, 1,636 in June, 8,913 in May, 17,086 in April and 10,554 in March. Vancouver Coastal Health, meanwhile, had 2,696 new cases in September, compared to 2,787 in August, 424 in July, compared to 563 in June, 2,833 in May, 7,497 in April and 5,726 in March.

As of Thursday morning (Oct. 14), there was one outbreak at a Delta long-term care, assisted living or independent living facility.

On Oct. 1, Fraser Health declared an outbreak at Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre in East Delta after one resident and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. As of Oct. 5, the outbreak was still limited to those two cases.

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Meanwhile, there were no public exposure notifications in the city, and no Delta businesses had been temporarily closed due to COVID-19 spread among workers.

As of Thursday, Fraser Health’s website listed exposures at five Delta schools: Delta Secondary (Sept. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29), Gray Elementary (Sept. 28 and 29), Holly Elementary (Sept. 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 6, 7, 8), Sands Secondary (Oct. 8) and Delta Christian School (Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 1).

Fraser Health defines exposure as “a single person with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection who attended school during their infectious period.” Two or more individuals is defined as a cluster, while an outbreak describes a situation involving “multiple individuals with lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections when transmission is likely widespread within the school setting.”

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