Mission had the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the entire Lower Mainland last week, according to data from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
A total of 76 new cases were diagnosed in Mission from Aug. 22 to Aug. 28. At a rate of 156 infections per 100,000, Mission almost tripled Abbotsford’s rate, which had the lowest rate in the region with only 53 per 100,000 (84 new cases).
Data updated to Aug. 30 shows an average of 23 new daily cases per 100,000 were coming out of Mission.
Only 66 per cent of people over 12-years old have been fully vaccinated (75 per cent have first dose), the second lowest rate in the Lower Mainland. Only Hope has a lower rate at 63 per cent.
Unvaccinated people are 12 times more likely to catch COVID compared to vaccinated individuals, 34 times more likely to be hospitalized and eight times more likely to die, according to an Aug. 26 summary from the BCCDC.
The data shows that case rates and new hospitalizations are increasing across all regions, with new deaths relatively stable and low. There were 4,402 new cases across B.C. from Aug. 19 to 24, 149 new hospitalizations and 20 new deaths.
The Delta variant is the most dominant variant of concern across B.C., accounting for 98 per cent of all positive tests.