The Sunshine Coast has gone five weeks without any resident testing positive for a new case of COVID-19.
It’s the longest the area has marked zero reported cases since at least November, when the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) began releasing local health area maps of weekly case counts. The last positive count on the Sunshine Coast saw two cases during the week of June 13 to 19.
The most recent numbers are for the week of July 18 to 24. The Sunshine Coast had no new cases of the virus reported, while Powell River had one case, and the Howe Sound area reported two new cases.
The average daily case rate also stood at zero for the Sunshine Coast, for the week of July 20 to 26.
Vaccination rates for people receiving at least one dose ranges on the Sunshine Coast from 69 to 87 per cent depending on age group, and has been steadily increasing. For second doses, lower Coast residents ranged from 38 to 79 per cent.
As of July 26, 80 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received at least one dose, and 62 per cent of them had both doses. The rate rises to 81 per cent for adults 18 and older for the first shot and 65 per cent for the second.
For people aged 18 to 49, the vaccine rate dips to 69 per cent for the first dose and 38 per cent for the second.
The Coast residents who have the highest vaccination rate – 87 and 79 per cent for first and second doses, respectively – are those 50 and older.