Exposure to COVID-19 in Kelowna clothing store, according to Interior Health

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VANCOUVER – A clothing store in downtown Kelowna is the latest Okanagan business to be the subject of a public alert over possible COVID-19 exposure. Interior Health issued a warning on Friday about the Fossello clothing store, located at 565 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna.

Anyone who visited the store on July 18 or between 10 a.m. and noon on July 20 is urged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they start to experience it.

Contact tracing is ongoing, the health authority said, adding that it would directly affect people who have been exposed to the coronavirus when possible.

Anyone residing in the Indoor Health region wishing to have a COVID-19 test should call their primary care provider or the nearest Interior Health Community Testing and Assessment Center. A list of these facilities can be found on the health authority’s website.

The Fossello exposure incident is the latest in a series of public alerts issued by Interior Health in recent days as the region faces a noticeable increase in new cases of COVID-19.

A total of 86 cases of the coronavirus have been traced to parties held in Kelowna and near Kelowna around Canada Day, Interior Health said in an update Friday. Of those cases, 74 are residents of Interior Health, while the rest are from the Lower Mainland. Seven live in Fraser Health and five in Vancouver Coastal Health.

Since those holidays, there have also been public displays of COVID-19 at restaurants and a cycling hall in Kelowna, as well as at a farm in Oliver, according to Interior Health.

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