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Burnaby COVID-19 cases (thankfully) fell off a cliff last week

Cases continue to crater in the city
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A senior male is about to receive a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine. - Photograph via Getty Images

The end of one of Burnaby’s COVID-19 outbreaks may be a big reason why the city saw a huge drop in local cases last week.

The latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control for the period of Jan. 10 to 16 shows 111 new coronavirus cases in Burnaby.

That’s a big drop from the 152 new cases from Jan. 3-9 and the 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.

So cases have been cratering for weeks. One concern was that numbers were only dropping due to people not getting tested as much during the holiday season, but the numbers bode well for the city.

An outbreak remains at Burnaby Hospital, but the major outbreak at the 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.