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Richmond COVID-19 numbers creeping up

The province has promised information on vaccine rollouts on Monday.
Map showing weekly number of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Vancouver region, by health service delivery area: North Shore – Coast Garibaldi (North and West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Howe Sound, Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast); Vancouver; Richmond; Fraser North (New Westminster, Burnaby, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and Tri-Cities) and Fraser South (Langley, Delta, Surrey, South Surrey/White Rock).

COVID-19 cases are creeping up again in Richmond with 74 new ones detected over the past week (Feb. 19-25), according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

This compares to 69 the week before and 33 the week prior to that.

The total cumulative number in Richmond – since the beginning of the pandemic – topped 2,000 this week. The total in Richmond since the pandemic began a year ago is 2,027, according to the BCCDC.

But the number of new infections is still between one and five daily per 100,000 population, lower than the rate of infection in neighbouring Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The immunization program is moving into Phase 2 next week, and the province intends to give out more information on Monday on the rollout.

Clinics will be set up in 172 communities across the province, in school gyms, arenas and other large facilities.