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7 new COVID-19 cases identified in Big White community cluster

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January 08, 2021 - 3:53 PM

Interior Health has identified seven new COVID-19 cases linked to the community cluster at Big White Ski Resort.

The total number of cases identified to date is 143, according to a media release from the health authority, while 22 cases remain active and in isolation and 121 individuals have recovered from the virus.

Of the 143 cases, 91 reside on Big White Mountain.

“We are closely monitoring the Big White Mountain community cluster. It’s important visitors and staff keep following precautions to minimize any further spread,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer, in the release.

“This ski season, stick to your local ski hill with members of your household.”

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The Big White community is reminded to avoid social gatherings and limiting gatherings to household bubbles. Follow public health guidance such as physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask.

The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White Mountain who follow public health guidance, Interior Health said. It is safe to go to Big White when you stick to your immediate household bubble and avoid socializing and gathering.

Interior Health continues outreach COVID-19 testing throughout the Big White community and environmental public health inspections.

Interior Health said everyone in all communities should remain vigilant by following these COVID-19 precautions:

• Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
• Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID 19.
• Practise physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot.
• Wash your hands often.

You can book a COVID-19 test online here or you can call 1-877-740-7747.

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