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.