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Burnaby COVID-19 cases surge for the third-straight week

Burnaby is approached the December 2020 weekly record
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A BCCDC map of COVID-19 cases in Metro Vancouver

New COVID-19 cases in Burnaby continue to surge, according to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, with the city hitting its highest mark since late 2020.

In an update posted to the BCCDC website, Burnaby saw 270 new coronavirus cases from Feb. 21 to 27 – up from the 243 cases from Feb. 14 to 20 and the 197 new coronavirus cases from Feb. 7 to 13 – a dramatic spike from the period of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, in which Burnaby had 121 new coronavirus cases. From Jan. 24 to 30, Burnaby had 124 new coronavirus cases. Those two weeks were both down from Jan. 17 to 23, when Burnaby had 155 new coronavirus cases.

The most cases Burnaby has seen in one week was 341 from Dec. 6-12.

An outbreak continues at the SFU Childcare Society, Burnaby’s biggest daycare, with at least 28 cases reported.

From Jan. 10 to 16, there were 111 new coronavirus cases in Burnaby. There were 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.

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 had 3,077 COVID-19 cases between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

B.C. announced March 3 that it has vaccinated more than 200,000 individuals with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – 11 weeks after the first dose was administered in the province on December 16. 

There are now 203,193 B.C. residents who have had at least one dose of a vaccine, with 86,616 of those having had two doses. That is an average of 2,639 people per day who have had at least one shot.

B.C. officials said earlier this week that they expect all eligible British Columbians to have been vaccinated by the end of July. In order to do that, the province will need to increase more than tenfold the number of people that health officials vaccinate each day, to around 26,666.

Health officials administered 6,627 doses of vaccine in the past day, to 6,543 new people, and a mere 84 second doses to individuals who have already had their first doses.

  • With additional reporting by Glen Korstrom, Glacier Media