Merritt’s weekly new cases of COVID-19 continues to stay in the single digits, with three positives between May 16-22.

The weekly numbers come directly from the BC CDC.

This week’s total marks one more than last week’s the first increase in five weeks, though a very minuscule one.

In the immediate surrounding areas around Merritt, South Cariboo continues to lead the way in success, counting zero new cases for the third week in a row. They were the only surrounding region with zero positives, as Princeton announced a single case after two weeks of zero cases.

Central Okanagan, specifically Kelowna, continues to be the closest hotspot – the area’s new cases rose from 185 last week to 224 in this report, marking an average daily rate of 10-15 cases per 100,000 population.

Keremeos sits at a similar rate, with eight new cases over the past week.

In comparison, Merritt currently sits at a daily rate of 0.1-5 cases per 100,000 population.

Kamloops had 22 new cases, a drop in ten from the previous week.