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Bylands Gellatly Nursery Field
23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 remain in the Bylands nursery in West Kelowna, despite a statement to the contrary by provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry.
In late March, a virus epidemic was identified among a group of temporary foreign workers employed by the local nursery. Fourteen of the workers were initially tested positive for the virus, prompting 75 of the workers to isolate themselves, but nine others have since tested positive.
On Wednesday, Dr. Henry announced that three other workers had tested positive, bringing the total number of cases to 26 during the epidemic, but Interior Health said Thursday that it was not.
“The last three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the West Kelowna nursery bring the total of positive cases to 23,” Interior Health said in a statement. “The April 15 report reflected a difference in the figures provided to the (public health official).”
Interior Health says the outbreak will only be officially taken into account after determining that there has been no further transmission, “usually after two full incubation periods since the last case.”
The health authority says it has not found any cases of COVID-19 in the community linked to the epidemic, apart from Bylands workers.
“Our priority with clusters like this is to prevent spread among workers and widely in the community,” said IH. “We are convinced that we are in control of this epidemic.”
The other reported outbreak in the Okanagan at the Okanagan Correctional Center also appears to be under control at this time, with only one confirmed case since the outbreak was declared on April 2.
This is in stark contrast to the federal institution of Mission, where confirmed cases rose to 54, and an inmate died on Wednesday.