Agassiz-Harrison reports worst week of the year for COVID-19: BCCDC

Agassiz-Harrison has experienced the worst spike of 2021 to date from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, causing the local health area to surpass 200 cases this year. (Screenshot/BCCDC)Agassiz-Harrison has experienced the worst spike of 2021 to date from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, causing the local health area to surpass 200 cases this year. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
Agassiz-Harrison has not seen a spike like this since mid-April. (Graphic/Adam Louis)Agassiz-Harrison has not seen a spike like this since mid-April. (Graphic/Adam Louis)

COVID-19 cases in Agassiz-Harrison doubled from the last week of August into the beginning 0f September.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control recorded 23 new cases of COVID-19 for the local health area between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4. Locally speaking, this marks the worst week in 40 weeks of archived records and the worst of 2021.

The most recent update may not yet factor in the return of the mask mandate in indoor public places, which was reintroduced on Aug. 24.

The previous worst week was April 11 to 17, in which 20 cases were recorded. There have been a total of 210 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, averaging six per week.

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Fraser Health has not reported any recent local outbreaks or exposure events.

As of Sept. 6, 79 per cent of Agassiz-Harrison residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (no change from last update) and 71 per cent are fully vaccinated (no change from last update). 61 per cent of individuals aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose (up 1 per cent) and 52 per cent are fully vaccinated (no change from last update).

The 18+ demographic is at 80 per cent for first doses (no change from last update) and 73 per cent for full vaccination (up 1 per cent). 69per cent of individuals 18-49 have received at least one dose (up 1 per cent) and 57 per cent are fully vaccinated (up 1 per cent).

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There were no further reported vaccinations for the 50-plus demographic as of Sept. 6. 88 per cent of individuals aged 50 or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

According to the province, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 69 per cent of the past week’s cases across the province are from unvaccinated individuals. 8.6 per cent of cases came from partially vaccinated people, and 22.2 per cent of cases came from fully vaccinated people.

From Aug. 24 to Sept. 6, the province reported 79 per cent of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 were unvaccinated; 6.9 per cent of individuals were partially vaccinated and 14. 2 per cent were fully vaccinated.

As of Sept. 9, there are no upcoming clinics scheduled for Agassiz-Harrison. However, the next closest location for first and second doses is the Chilliwack COVID-19 Testing and Immunization Centre at 9090 Newman Road. Walk-ins are available for both doses while capacity and supplies allow.

To learn more about COVID-19 and upcoming vaccine clinics, visit fraserhealth.ca.


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