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New West weekly COVID-19 case counts hit a record low: 1

Just one new case was found in New Westminster between July 18 and 24
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Immunization rates in New Westminster are showing signs of plateauing, but the COVID-19 news in the city remains good: just one new case was reported in the latest weekly data.


That's how many cases of COVID-19 were found in New Westminster in the most recent reporting week (July 18 to 24), according to newly released B.C. Centre for Disease Control data.

The city's test positivity rate remains at 0% for the second week in a row.

The good news comes against a backdrop of rising case counts in B.C., with 185 new cases reported yesterday. That number, however, is driven largely by the case counts in the Interior, and the province has instituted tighter health restrictions in the Central Okanagan in response to a spike in Kelowna.

New Westminster's vaccination progress continues, although first-dose numbers in the city are now showing signs of plateauing.

As of July 27, 85% of eligible people aged 12+ had received at least one dose of vaccine – up just a smidgen from 84% last week. The number of vaccinated people at 18+ (85%) and 50+ (87%) remains the same as last week.

Health officials are still pushing to get vaccine into as many arms as possible.

In New Westminster, walk-in appointments are available every day between 10:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Walk-ins are provided for all first doses, and for second doses as supplies and capacity permit.

The province has also declared Aug. 4 as "Walk-In Wednesday" at all its vaccine clinics. Anyone 12+ in search of a first dose, and anyone in search of a second dose who received their first shot before June 16, is welcome to walk in to any clinic to receive their shot that day.

Fraser Health also sets up neighbourhood clinics and other pop-up events around the region. None are currently scheduled for New West, but to keep an eye on those clinics, check out the Fraser Health website.

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