Coronavirus: Kelowna cases rise to 130 with new counting method

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As expected, the number of coronavirus cases linked to Kelowna has increased.Interior Health announced on Wednesday that it will use a new method of counting for the number of cases linked to the Kelowna cluster over the Canada Day weekend.

And on Thursday, Interior Health said there were now 130 cases, up from 78 last week.

The health agency noted that the 130 cases are internal health residents and that it will no longer count people from outside the region.

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“Previously, Kelowna cluster survey counts were based on cases related to businesses or gatherings in Kelowna, primarily downtown,” IH said in a press release.

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“Currently we are seeing wider community transmission, so we are expanding our reporting to focus on all Kelowna-related cases during their exposure or infectious period.

“This has resulted in an increase in the number of cases, but this is due to the reclassification of previously reported cases and not to new cases reported in Kelowna.”

In an interview with Global News, IH Medical Officer of Health Dr Silvina Mema said: “Here in Kelowna we have had a few months, a few months that have been very slow in terms of the number of cases.








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“Then after July 1st, after this vacation, we had a number of cases. And we were able to trace these cases to a few gatherings and a few businesses. And we named these companies when we heard about them. “

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Mema has since said Interior Health has recorded more cases of COVID-19.

“We realized that there are cases in Kelowna that are not related to downtown Kelowna or the waterfront,” said Mema, “that’s where this cluster started.

“So now we think we need to be able to report all cases together as a cluster in Kelowna rather than downtown to other areas of Kelowna.










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When asked why the count change, Mema said it was done “to determine which cases belong to the initial cluster and which are not.” Now, it has become a bit unclear which case belongs to the original downtown cluster and which cases are unrelated. ”

Mema said IH has expanded its case definition, which now includes anyone who has been in Kelowna during the incubation period or during the period they can pass on to others.

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During her daily statistical briefing on COVID-19, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said British Columbia has recently faced an increase in new cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 .

“Much of the outbreak can be linked to Canada Day activities in and around the central Okanagan,” said Henry, “and especially around the city of Kelowna.










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Henry said that when the groups are too big and there are too many people “outside of our home bubble come together, especially when people come from different regions and bring their risk with them – let it be either different parts of British Columbia or different parts of Canada. , or some people who come here from other countries – we know the potential for the virus to spread is increasing. ”

Henry said, thankfully, there hasn’t been much of a fallout in the elderly, or in healthcare settings or other at-risk settings.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that only five people were hospitalized in British Columbia, the lowest number since mid-March.

As the August long weekend approaches, he hopes to keep that number low

“In the days, weeks and months to come, we need to remember this: While travel to British Columbia is a welcome break from the local places we know, it is not a skills holiday. that have been taught to us to stop the spread, ”says Dix.

“We need to remember to pack our COVID sense and use our COVID sense wherever we are in British Columbia”

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