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Okanagan's COVID-19 caseload, school exposures on the rise

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April 12, 2021 - 1:50 PM

The Okanagan’s COVID-19 caseload is on the rise, according to the most recent map from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

From April 2 to 8, the Okanagan had 393 cases of COVID-19 reported, putting it in the category of 10 to 20 cases per 100,000 population.

Just weeks ago, the region was recording fewer than 100 new cases per week. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 5,395 cases of COVID in the Okanagan.

The East Kootenay area is also heating up with 83 new cases recorded. Meanwhile, the Kootenay-Boundary region has reported 33 new cases during that time frame and the Thompson-Cariboo-Similkameen area had 91 reported cases.

From April 2 to 8, the Okanagan had 393 cases of COVID-19.
From April 2 to 8, the Okanagan had 393 cases of COVID-19.
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While the most recent numbers don’t offer insight into each city’s take of those regional figures, the provincial health officer has repeatedly said school exposures are a reflection of how COVID-19 is circulating through a community.

Interior Health’s ongoing list of schools with exposures was recently updated, and there are 12 Kelowna public schools, two private schools and one French language school with recent potential exposures. In West Kelowna, there are two public schools with exposures.

In Vernon, there are five public schools with COVID-19 exposures and in Coldstream there is one.

There have also been six Kamloops public schools with exposures and one in Logan Lake.

A school exposure notification does not necessarily mean a child has been exposed to COVID-19.

Public Health will work with the school and school district to ensure close contacts are notified directly and provided specific guidance.

To see the full list of school exposures go here.

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