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Big White COVID-19 outbreak now at 136

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January 05, 2021 - 2:50 PM

An additional 25 cases of COVID-19 have been added to Big White's COVID-19 cluster, raising the total to 136.

Interior Health said in a press release today, Jan. 5, that of the 136 known COVID-19 cases link to this cluster, 88 are residents of Big White. There are currently 27 cases active and in isolation and 109 individuals have recovered.

"Everyone in the Big White community is reminded to avoid social gatherings and that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please follow public health guidance such as physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask," reads the press release.

"The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White Mountain who follow public health guidance. In other words, it is safe to go to Big White when you stick to your immediate household bubble and avoid socializing and gathering, etc."

The next update on this outbreak will be Friday, Jan. 8.

Interior Health reminded everyone "not to stigmatize or judge others who seek testing or test positive for COVID-19."

The outbreak was announced Dec. 15, and testing got underway in the immediate aftermath.

“The entire community was stunned when the cluster was first announced,” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President at Big White Ski Resort Ltd, in the week that followed.

“We all rallied together with the assistance of Interior Health, the regional district and passionate community members, to ensure those who tested positive, or came into close contact with someone who did, were immediately in a safe space to isolate with adequate food for the 14-day quarantine, and access to mental health support.”

To book an appointment online go to the COVID-19 Test Booking Form.

Or call the COVID-19 Test Booking Line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance with booking a test.


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