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Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association suspends play due to possible COVID-19 exposure

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July 17, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association has suspended all play until further notice.

A player has come in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, according to a letter posted to the association's website yesterday, July 16, by Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association president Jeff Bligh. He said the association has had no confirmed cases among players or coaches.

"As a precaution we have decided to suspend all baseball activities until further notice. We will be monitoring this situation daily and provide an update when one becomes available. The affected team has been notified individually," Bligh said in the statement.  "As you are likely aware, there has been a recent spike in cases within the Kelowna area and we feel this is an appropriate measure to ensure the health and safety of our membership and to be responsible to other members of our community."

A COVID-19 infected individual recently attended Kelowna's World Gym.

READ MORE: 18 people in Kelowna test positive for COVID-19 following exposures earlier this month

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during her COVID-19 update yesterday, July 17, that 18 people in Kelowna had tested positive for COVID-19 following exposures earlier this month. A number of people with COVID-19 partied at Kelowna resort hotels around Canada Day.

Interior Health in the past has outlined the following COVID-19 exposure precautions:

• Stay home and avoid travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones.
• Maintain physical distancing (two metres apart) and use masks when distancing is not possible.
• Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face.
• Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings to out of doors whenever possible.

Testing for COVID-19 is available to all those who need it, but testing is not required for those who do not have symptoms. Testing is by appointment only, call your primary care provider or the closest Interior Health community testing centre. If people are unsure, they should take the self-assessment tool available on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.


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