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New West sees small drop in weekly COVID-19 cases, but stays well above 100

Number of people in hospitals in B.C. remains high
COVID-19 swab in lab Photo: Getty Images
The number of new weekly COVID-19 cases remains high in New Westminster, but did drop during the most recent reporting period.
BCCDC data show New Westminster had a total of 126 cases from April 11 to 17 – below the 151 new coronavirus cases from April 4 to 10.
That’s still well above the previous record of 103 cases from March 28 to April 3, according to the latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, and possibly the highest since the pandemic began as the BCCDC only started posted weekly city cases in winter 2020.
The number is well above the 85 cases between Jan. 24 and 30. New West had 95 cases from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2020.
New West saw 78 cases from March 21 to 27 – up from the 63 cases between March 14 and 20, the 73 cases from March 7 to 13, the 67 new cases between Feb. 28 and March 6, and the 71 new coronavirus cases between Feb. 21 and 27 – the same number as Feb.14 and 20.
B.C. continues to rack up steadily rising numbers of people fighting for their lives in hospitals with COVID-19 infections. 
For the sixth straight reporting period, the province set a record high for the number of those people in hospital: 483. That is a net total of 27 more people than yesterday, and it includes a record 164 people whose illnesses are bad enough to be in intensive care units. 
Another seven people have died while infected with COVID-19 in the past day, raising the province's death toll from illnesses related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to 1,546.
Some good news is that the number of new cases detected on a daily basis has declined slightly, and has plateaued. The 862 new infections detected in the past 24 hours, and the 849 cases detected on April 20 are the third, and second lowest number of cases in a 24-hour period so far in April. The lowest daily case count so far this month was on April 1, when 832 people were discovered with the virus. 
-    With files from Glen Korstrom, Glacier Media