The Merritt area’s new weekly cases of COVID-19 continues to be on a downward trend, with only two positives confirmed for the week of April 25-May 1.

The region continues to see one of the lowest cases per 100,000 population rate of the virus. The only surrounding regions with loss of a case per population rate were South Cariboo and Lillooet, who both registered zero new cases.

This marks a steady decline over the last four weeks for Merritt, from 15, to five, to three, and now two.

In the regions surrounding the Merritt area, the Summerland area was hit the hardest by far, more than doubling from one week to another from 12 cases to 28. They and Golden are the only regions in the Interior currently with an average daily rate of 20 cases per 100,000 people.

The Kamloops area saw a slight weekly increase from 46 to 57 new cases. Kelowna continues to be the hardest hit of the larger metropolitan areas in the Interior, with 174 new cases in the Central Okanagan.

Hope registered five new cases, while Princeton had one.