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Interior Health identifies additional 19 COVID-19 cases linked to Big White Mountain community cluster

Of the 162 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 107 reside on Big White Mountain Interior Health said.

Tuesday, Interior Health announced it has identified an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

The total number of cases identified to date is 162.

“Of the 162 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 107 reside on Big White Mountain,” Interior Health said in an emailed statement.

“There are currently 29 cases active and on isolation and 133 individuals have recovered.

Tuesday, BC Public Health reported 446 new COVID-19 cases in the province, including 67 in Interior Health.

BC Public Health said there are 5,045 active cases of COVID-19 in the province with 368 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 72 in intensive care.

The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Interior Health said everyone in the Big White community is reminded to avoid social gatherings and that socialization mustbe limited to immediate household bubbles. Interior Health urges the public to please follow public health guidance such as physicaldistancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask.

“The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White Mountain who follow public health guidance,” Interior Health said.

“In other words, it is safe to go to Big White when you stick to your immediate household bubble and avoid socializing and gathering, etc.”

Interior Health is continuing outreach COVID-19 testing throughout the Big White community and environmental public health inspections.

“We remain grateful to community leaders for their support, and remind everyone not to stigmatize or judge others who seek testing or test positive for COVID-19,” Interior Health said.

Interior Health said everyone in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Practice physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot.
  • Wash your hands often.

Booking a COVID-19 test:

Online: You can book an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form: https://interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php

By phone: Call the COVID-19 Test Booking Line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance with booking your test.

Update on Interior Health outbreaks:

  • Canim Lake has 45 cases linked to the outbreak.
  • Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver has 22 cases: 17 residents and five staff.
  • Creekside Landing long-term care in Vernon has 16 cases: 11 residents and five staff
  • Williams Lake Seniors Village has two cases: one resident and one staff.
  • Noric House long-term care in Vernon has 36 cases: 25 residents and 11 staff
  • Heritage Square long-term care in Vernon has 43 cases: 32 residents and 11 staff, with five deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna has 43 cases: 37 residents and six staff, with two deaths connected to this outbreak.
  • Teck mining operations remains at 16 IH cases linked to the outbreak.
  • McKinney Place long-term care in Oliver has 78 cases: 55 residents and 23 staff, with 15 deaths connected to this outbreak. **the additional resident case is a data correction from a previous positive case
  • Village by the Station long-term care in Penticton has nine cases: five residents and four staff, with one death connected to this outbreak.
  • Mountainview Village long-term care in Kelowna has 16 cases: eight residents and eight staff, with two deaths connected to this outbreak.