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6 Kelowna General Hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

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July 17, 2020 - 5:11 PM

Six cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among employees at Kelowna General Hospital, all connected to the cluster in the community from early July.

"At this time there are no impacts on our services at KGH and we have no indication that any patients have been exposed to the disease," according to Interior Health in a news release.

The health authority also said the cases should not interrupt regular service at the hospital.

As per Interior Health protocols and Ministry of Health recommendations, staff experiencing symptoms must stay home from work.

"We are confident that the individuals impacted by this current situation are following this direction," according to the news release.

The health authority is urging anyone that requires medical care to visit KGH if needed.

The infections among KGH staff added a new wrinkle to one of the worst days in Interior Health region since the pandemic started, with 12 new cases announced, most of them suspected to be in Kelowna.

There have now been 35 COVID-19 cases associated with the community exposure in Kelowna around Canada Day on July 1, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in an unexpected media briefing today, July 17.

READ MORE: UPDATE: 12 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region

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