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Kelowna airport worker tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO - A Kelowna International Airport employee stands outside of the airport.
November 25, 2020 - 4:44 PM

A Kelowna International Airport worker has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual works in the screening part of the airport and tested positive yesterday, Nov 24.

“The situation didn’t occur at the airport. It was through IHA contact tracing protocols that this person has been identified,” said airport director Sam Samaddar. “They had been to work and been in contact with people and passengers, but as you know, we’ve had our layered safety protocols in place for some time and people entering the building have to wear masks and things like that. In terms of screening staff, they have to wear PPE equipment as part of the screening protocols as you can’t maintain the two-metre separation, so those protocols have been in place for some time."

The airport is not aware of any spread of the virus to other employees or the public at this time, he said. He also noted that the virus wasn’t contracted by the individual from the airport.

COVID-19 safety protocols have been in place for some time at the airport, including mandatory masks for both passengers and staff.

Interior Health does not provide specific details about individual cases – including locations – unless there are broader exposure risks, it said in an emailed statement.

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