The rollercoaster continues for new cases of COVID-19 in Merritt, as the latest data for Sept. 5-11 saw a drop of ten new cases from the week prior.

The BC CDC has reported eleven new cases of the different variants of the coronavirus during that time period, after seeing 21 between Aug. 24-Sept. 4.

Last week’s reported spike put Merritt in the highest bracket of the BC CDC’s charting of the average daily rate per 100,000 population, at >20.0, for the first time in over a month.

The eleven new cases this week drops Merritt into the 10.1-15.0 per 100,000 population bracket.

However, both the Kamloops area and the Central Okanagan, including Kelowna, remain this week in the highest bracket of cases, with 270 and 360 new cases respectively.

It is the second time in three weeks that Kamloops has set a record-high number of cases, reaching 249 in both of the previous weeks.

The South Cariboo also sits in the highest bracket, recording 23 new cases within its much smaller population.

In other surrounding areas, Hope recored 12 new cases, Princeton six, and Keremeos seven.