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Two more Kelowna flights with possible COVID-19 exposure

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July 15, 2020 - 5:48 PM

More possible COVID-19 exposure points are coming out of Kelowna.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has listed two more flights headed out of Kelowna International Airport with a passenger with COVID-19 onboard.

WestJet flight 3312 leaving Kelowna July 5 on route to Edmonton had a passenger with COVID-19 as well as WestJet flight 460 leaving Kelowna July 2 on route to Calgary.

The BCCDC already announced that on July 6 flight Air Canada flight AC8421 left Kelowna and arrived in Vancouver the same day with a COVID-19 positive passenger onboard.

As is the case with any flight exposure, the BCCDC recommends that flight passengers self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the flight.

Kelowna has been hit with a number of potential COVID-19 exposure points in recent days.

Interior Health said July 12, those who visited Kelowna's Cactus Club on Water Street from July 3 to 6, or Pace Spin Studio on Harvey Avenue July 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 should self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms associated with the disease arise.

On July 11, Interior Health directed individuals who attended gatherings at Discovery Bay Resort (1088 Sunset Dr., Kelowna) from July 1 to 5 and Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge (3519 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna) on July 1 to also monitor themselves for symptoms.

While there are COVID-19 cases were in the community, the health authority is cautioning people to not try and get testing if it's not warranted.

"Interior Health recognizes that recent positive cases in the Kelowna have created concerns for local residents. This has resulted in a high volume of calls and unscheduled visits to our local testing centre," reads a statement from IH released today.

"Interior Health has the capacity to test individuals who need it, but we are reminding everyone that testing is not required for those who do not have symptoms. It is also important that anyone who has symptoms and is requesting testing needs to call ahead to book an appointment. Our assessment/testing sites do not provide testing on a drop-in basis."

Public health contact tracing is underway, and where possible, IH is reaching out directly to individuals who have been exposed. COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Loss of sense of taste or smell
• Other milder symptoms may include runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

IH reminds everyone of the importance of staying home and avoiding travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones. Maintain physical distancing (two metres apart) and use masks when distancing is not possible. Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face. Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings to out of doors whenever possible.


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