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11 new COVID-19 cases identified in Big White cluster

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January 22, 2021 - 4:26 PM

There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the community cluster at Big White Ski Resort.

Interior Health identified a total of 214  cases linked to the mountain since the cluster was declared, according to a press release today, Jan. 22, from the health authority.

Of the 11 new cases, seven reside and/or work at Big White. Of the 214 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 137 have resided and/or worked on Big White mountain. There are currently 45 active cases.

Interior Health continues to remind the Big White community to avoid social gatherings and to follow health guidelines like physical distancing, regular hand washing and wearing a mask.

READ MORE: Big White Ski Resort loses $7.3 million in accommodation, lift ticket reservations

The public health authority continues outreach COVID-19 testing throughout the Big White community and environmental public health inspections of facilities on the hill.

Those who may need to self-isolate due to a positive COVID test, or if they are a close contact to a case, are being assisted as necessary by Big White, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and Interior Health.

The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White who follow public health guidance, Interior Health said. It is safe to visit Big White if residents stick to their immediate household bubble and avoid socializing, according to the health authority.

Residents can book at COVID-19 test online here or by calling 1-877-740-7747.

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