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Richmond cases remaining low

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 5:13 PDT, Wed July 21, 2021

There were 13 COVID-19 cases in Richmond last week, according to the latest data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. The previous week (July 4-10), there were 16. 

Vaccination rates are also rising, with most areas in the city now above the provincial average in terms of first dose vaccinations. As of Monday, 79.9 per cent of people aged 12 and older across B.C. had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Across Richmond, many neighbourhoods have higher rates; Steveston continues to lead the way with 86 per cent of people vaccinated.

Richmond City Centre—once the city’s least vaccinated neighbourhood—is just behind, at 84 per cent. East and West Cambie/Bridgeport and Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton also have 84 per cent of those 12-plus vaccinated. Thompson/Seafair has vaccinated 81 per cent of its eligible residents.

Only two neighbourhoods trail the provincial average: Blundell (79 per cent) and Broadmoor (78 per cent). But the gap continues to shrink, with less than two per cent separating the city’s lowest vaccinated neighbourhood (78 per cent) and the average across B.C. (79.9 per cent). A month ago, the gap was 3.5 per cent.

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