COVID-19 outbreaks in Kelowna linked to hotel celebrations: British Columbia Minister of Health


A party involving residents of the Greater Vancouver area, mainly in their 20s and 30s, is accused of a COVID-19 outbreak in Kelowna.Eight cases of COVID-19 were linked to gatherings at the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to 5 and at the Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1.

The cases involved people living in three regions of the province, including the interior, Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The contact tracing linked a positive test in the Lower Mainland to the Kelowna hotel.

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“It’s almost the job of a public health detective,” said Dix.

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“The main incentive incident, it seems, was the holding of private parties in these hotels.”

Dix says that some of the people gathering in Kelowna did not know each other until the hotel party.

New concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Kelowna

New concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Kelowna

“When people get together for private parties, in this case, it is mostly people in their 20s and 30s, the risks are considerably higher,” said Dix.

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“They tend to involve people from different backgrounds and may not know each other at all. The risks of these types of events are higher. People have to exercise good judgment about events. ”

Interior Health has ordered everyone who has attended gatherings at the two resorts to isolate themselves and monitor themselves closely for symptoms.

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The health authority urges visitors to the Kelowna Cactus Club restaurant on Water Street between July 3 and July 6, or the Pace Spin Studio on July 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 to monitor themselves and to be tested if COVID-19 symptoms appear.

“If you rent a space, own a space, you also have obligations. If you are going to accept a reservation for an event, you have to keep the risks in mind, ”said Dix.

“We have to live with COVID-19 for next year. So I think we all have a responsibility to understand the risks and understand our responsibilities. ”

The Cactus Club has sent a statement detailing that the restaurant has performed a thorough deep cleaning and Interior Health has confirmed its “full satisfaction with our safety and prevention practices”.

The restaurant had previously implemented specific measures, in particular seating groups six feet apart or with a physical barrier between the tables, the compulsory use of masks and other PPE by the staff, and strict cleaning and cooking protocols have been adopted to ensure the safety of our restaurants.

The Center for Disease Control also issued an advisory for Air Canada flight 8421, which traveled from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6.

The CDC recommends that passengers isolate themselves and watch for symptoms for 14 days after the flight.

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– With files from The Canadian Press

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