The latest weekly count of new COVID-19 cases on the Sunshine Coast shows a jump from nine cases to 21.
Between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, the Sunshine Coast local health region reported 21 new cases of the virus. During the same time frame, Powell River reported one new case, while the Howe Sound area reported 28 new cases. In the Vancouver Coastal Health authority, 15 new cases had incomplete address information.
The last time the local weekly count saw cases in the 20s was in the week of Aug. 22 to 28, when 22 new cases were reported. Before that, 21 cases in a week were reported only once, in the week of Jan. 10 to 16.
The total cumulative cases reported on the Coast, between January 2020 and September 2021 is 321, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.
The vaccination rate on the Sunshine Coast continues to increase, according to data from Oct. 4.
Coasters aged 12 to 17 are closing the gap with the adult vaccination rate, with 79 per cent of the youngest eligible cohort in the area having received their first dose while 67 per cent had both doses.
In the 18 to 49 age category, 80 per cent received one dose of the vaccine and 69 per cent have received two.
Those older than 50 have a 91 per cent vaccination rate for the first shot and 88 per cent for the second.