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Revelstoke clinic confirms positive case of COVID-19

Downtown Revelstoke is pictured in this July 8, 2010, photo from Wikimedia Commons.
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March 19, 2020 - 12:29 PM

A medical clinic in Revelstoke has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19.

The Selkirk Medical Group posted the news to its Facebook page on March 17, saying they wanted to confirm the case following reports in local media that tourists visiting the ski resort town had been diagnosed with COVID-19 following the return to their country.

"We are also choosing at this time to confirm that Revelstoke has our first positive COVID-19 case in community," reads the post March 17. "We'd rather you hear it locally first."

Selkirk Medical Group confirmed to Global News the social media post was authentic.

The social media post continues to say the case has been confirmed by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and all contact and exposure tracing has been completed, and all isolation protocols followed.

"At this time there is no evidence of in-community transmission, as this was related to international travel," says the post.

The clinic goes onto say the positive diagnoses change very little at the clinic, but the situation "does make it real" and stresses the importance of each person’s role mitigating the virus through social distancing and self-isolation.

"As a community, we are in this together," reads the post.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has told press conference March 18 the B.C. government wouldn't be giving specific locations of where positive COVID-19 cases were. Henry said this was in part due to privacy and also to reiterate the risk was not just in one place and affected everybody. 

"It doesn’t serve anybody to think that it’s not going to affect me, that it’s not in my community and it won’t affect my family," she said.

As of March 18, there were 231 cases in B.C.


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