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Interior Health warns of COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna after a number of people test positive

July 10, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Interior Health Authority is warning of potential COVID-19 exposure at recent gatherings and businesses in Kelowna.

People who attended gatherings in Kelowna at the downtown or waterfront areas from June 25 to July 6 may have been exposed to the virus, according to an Interior Health media release.

Interior Health’s communicable disease unit was made aware of various COVID-positive individuals who attended private gatherings and visited businesses such as restaurants and bars during the listed dates. Canada Day and holiday weekend events are noted as a specific time of concern.

The health authority is currently doing public health tracing, and the communicable disease unit will reach out to recommend a 14-day isolation for those who may have had contact with infected persons.

“Of the eight cases identified to date, six are in individuals who reside outside of IH. IH continues to work with other jurisdictions to determine the source of disease for these cases,” the release reads.

Interior Health Authority states that due to the number of cases and potential locations that could’ve been affected, people who participated in events over those dates should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

Data provided by the province shows four cases have been reported to Interior Health between June 25 and July 6 and four more cases since.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell. Other mild symptoms include a runny nose, body aches, fatigue, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes. Anyone who develops such symptoms is asked to be tested for the virus. You can check out where to get tested by clicking here.

Interior Health Authority reminds folks to maintain social distancing and to stay home if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. They recommend not attending gatherings of more than 50 people and to regularly wash your hands and avoid touching your face.

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