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New Westminster saw 56 new cases of COVID-19 last week

That number shows a slight upward trend over the past month, when the city plateaued at between 45 and 50 cases weekly
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New Westminster's weekly case count crept up to 56 between Oct. 3 and 9, a move up from the previous month-long plateau.

COVID-19 cases crept up slightly in New Westminster last week after a month-long plateau.

The city saw 56 new cases of novel coronavirus between Oct. 3 and 9, according to the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control data. That's up from 47 the week before and follows a few weeks in which case numbers hovered around that mark (46, 45 and 50 cases).

So far, local case counts remain lower than the fourth-wave high recorded between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, when New West saw 66 cases – the highest level since May.

But this week's case counts put New Westminster higher than two nearby municipalities with larger populations: Richmond, with 41 cases and approximately 200,000 people; and Delta, with 39 cases and about 100,000 people.

Other COVID-19 data markers in New West remained fairly steady.

Between Oct. 5 and 11, New West's daily new case rate was 9 per 100,000, the same as the pervious week. Test positivity in the same week crept to 5% (for all publicly funded tests), up from 4% in the previous two weeks.

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