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Possible COVID-19 community exposure detected at Kelowna waterfront

Possible COVID-19 community exposure detected at Kelowna waterfront

Sophie Gray

Local Journalism Initiative

Interior Health is warning the public of possible COVID-19 exposure in Kelowna last week.

Interior Health stated eight people have tested positive after participating in gathers in the downtown and waterfront areas of Kelowna between June 25 and July 6. Health authorities are anyone who was in these areas during this time to closely monitor themselves for symptoms.

It is believed the cases are linked to private gatherings on and around Canada Day, with some exposure at restaurants and bars in the area. 

Interior Health is asking all those who may have been exposed to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop a fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms.

Contact tracing is underway, but the exposure is assumed to be wide spread at a number of different locations.

Interior Health noted that six of the eight test-positive cases are in people who live outside of the Interior Health region, leading to believe these individuals traveled to the area for Canada Day. The health authority is working with other jurisdictions to determine the source for the cases.

Interior Health reminds everyone to socially distance, limit gatherings, and wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.

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