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COVID-19 cases jumped significantly in Burnaby last week

Burnaby was seeing a steep decline recently
COVID-19 swab in lab Photo: Getty Images

New COVID-19 cases jumped significantly in Burnaby last week after a steady decline, according to a data update.

The latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control for the period of Jan. 17 to 23 show that Burnaby had 155 new coronavirus cases. By comparison, the Tri-Cities had 101 cases and Richmond had 61 cases, although Burnaby has a larger population.

That’s up from the previous week of Jan. 10 to 16, in which there were 111 new coronavirus cases in Burnaby. (The case data does not include how many Burnaby residents died during this period.)

And it’s more than the 152 new cases from Jan. 3-9. There were 169 cases from Dec. 27-Jan. 3 – which was a large drop from Dec. 20 to 26, when there were 214 new cases in Burnaby – a drop from the 287 new cases from Dec. 13-19 and 341 cases from Dec. 6-12 – the worst week for the city.

An outbreak remains at Burnaby Hospital, but the major outbreak at the long-term care centre Agecare Harmony (116 cases and 30 deaths) was recently declared over.

While cases dropped as December went on, the month was also Burnaby’s worst with 1,139 new cases, compared with the 1,081 new cases during November. Burnaby had just 287 new cases in all of October and 238 cases in September.

According to the BCCDC, Burnaby has had 3,077 COVID-19 cases between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.