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23 cases of COVID-19 in rural area of West Kootenays: Interior Health

November 19, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Interior Health is reporting 23 cases COVID-19 linked to a community cluster in Salmo south of Nelson in the West Kootenays.

In the past 14 days, there have been 23 COVID-19 cases identified in this region, according to an Interior Health media release issued today, Nov. 19.

Most of the cases are linked to several social events that occurred in Salmo, and businesses involved in the gatherings have elected to temporarily close.

However, as there is no evidence of transmission to other communities, an outbreak has not been declared, Interior Health said. 

The majority of new cases are among contacts of the original cases identified earlier this month, and Interior Health is stressing the importance of limiting social activities and following COVID-19 protocols.

The risk of exposure from this cluster in communities outside the broader Salmo area is considered low, and the cluster will continue to be monitored for new cases.

No school exposures have been identified, and all active cases are now in self-isolation, Interior Health said.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell, body aches, diarrhea and headache. Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

For more information on COVID-19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control click here.

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