There are five active cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks’ health area as of Friday afternoon, Jan. 15, according to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
The BCCDC updates the number of laboratory-diagnosed infections within local health areas across the province every Friday, showing case data reported by provincial health authorities. The data is not exhaustive and there may be undetected cases in any given community in BC, according to the BCCDC’s website.
A map of cumulative cases shows that there were three reported infections of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks area in 2020.
The recent cases are not considered an outbreak, which the BCCDC describes as “when a certain number of people who share a common space are diagnosed with COVID-19 within a 14-day period,” or when individual cases are diagnosed in places where people are likely to get very sick, very fast, such as in seniors’ homes.
Outbreaks are usually declared by Medical Health Officers, the BCCDC’s website explains.