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Okanagan mayor wants to know her town's COVID-19 case count

Peachland mayor Cindy Fortin.
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July 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Peachland’s mayor took to social media to make a public plea for mask-wearing and to express her dismay at the way information about where cases are showing up is being disseminated.

Mayor Cindy Fortin made a lengthy post on Facebook Saturday, July 25, saying, “please, please, please…wear a mask.”

“We’ve finally had some beautiful sunny days in the Okanagan, and as we make our way outdoors with a feeling of relief after a slow and rainy start to the summer, it’s easy to forget that we’re in the middle of a very serious pandemic,” Fortin said.

Noting that the Okanagan did well to keep the COVID-19 outbreak at bay when it rolled into the area, the speed in which it spread from Kelowna parties after Canada Day is a concern.

“As of today, nearly 90 positive COVID-19 tests have been linked to that virus spread in Kelowna, and some 1,000 are having to self-isolate,” she said. “It doesn't take long, and only takes a person or two to start the spread.”

Fortin also acknowledged that there have been rumors of some COVID-19 positive cases in Peachland, but she can’t confirm it.

“Unfortunately, the province and Interior Health will not even inform local mayors of any cases in their community,” she wrote.

“I’ve been unhappy about that for months, and have let them know that during teleconferences with provincial ministers and mayors….I strongly feel it’s important for the public to see that (COVID-19) is not an abstract thing happening elsewhere.”

Sometimes, she wrote, things just don’t seem real until we see it for ourselves.

“And the public deserves to be fully informed, even when it’s difficult to accept, in order to make informed decisions,” she said.

Ultimately, however, Fortin said she would like to see  all people out and about in Peachland in public places or buildings required to wear face coverings.

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