British Columbia officials warn of possible exposure to COVID-19 at events in Kelowna

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Health officials in British Columbia issued a general warning on Friday about a possible exposure to COVID-19 in Kelowna, covering anyone who attended public and private gatherings in downtown and on the waterfront. water for 12 days this summer.Interior Health says eight people who tested positive for coronavirus attended private gatherings in the area and visited local bars and restaurants between June 25 and July 6.

The events that took place on Canada Day and during the holiday weekend are of particular concern, according to a press release.

“We believe these people have contracted the disease elsewhere,” Dr. Silvina Mema of Interior Health told CBC News.

According to Mema, six of those tested positive live outside of the region – mainly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and Alberta.

“These are individuals who have come here to hang out with friends, so there are a number of different restaurants and pubs, the waterfront area where they were,” she said.

The search for contacts is in progress and any person likely to have been exposed will have to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Anyone who participated in downtown events during the dates in question should monitor themselves for symptoms. The test is available for anyone who shows symptoms of the disease, but it is not recommended for anyone who does not show symptoms due to a risk of false negatives.

Mema said this potential large-scale exposure should be a reminder that everyone still needs to be very careful to prevent transmission, even though British Columbia is in its third reopening phase.

“I think it’s fair to assume that there could be a positive case anywhere, and the message I would like to convey … is that we don’t have to let our guard down. The virus is everywhere, ”she said.

“We have to assume that everyone who is not in our bubble could have COVID-19 or could incubate COVID-19. “

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