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COVID-19 cluster at Big White Ski Resort contained

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March 27, 2021 - 9:05 AM

A COVID-19 community cluster at Big White Mountain has been contained, according to the latest statement from Interior Health.

The cluster was declared Dec. 15, 2020 and a total of 237 cases were linked to it. A cluster is defined by the World Health Organization as cases that are clustered together by time, geographic location or by community exposure.

All the people who contracted COVID-19 linked to the cluster have recovered.

Of the 237 cases of COVID-19 linked to this cluster, 150 have resided and/or worked on Big White Mountain, according to Interior Health.

“Thanks to the efforts of those living and working at Big White following precautions, the cluster has been contained,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer, in the statement. “As well, the local community and team at Big White have been incredibly supportive and worked hard to keep the ski hill safe for visitors this winter.”

Last weekend, a COVID-19 vaccination clinic was offered at Big White to all those living in a "congregate setting within a non-family household," according to Interior Health.

READ MORE: COVID-19 vaccination clinic set for Big White Ski Resort

The health authority asks residents stay in their household bubble and avoid social gatherings, stay home and get tested for the virus if they have symptoms, wear a mask, social distance, avoid non-essential travel and wash hands often.

COVID-19 tests can be booked online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form, or by phone at 1-877-740-7747.

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