On Friday, July 24, Interior Health confirmed that 80 of those cases were confirmed by testing and six more are epidemiologically linked – meaning the subject was showing symptoms and had either had close contact with a confirmed case or was in in a closed facility known to be experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
Seventy-four of them are residents of the IH. The other 12 are from Vancouver Coastal (5) and Fraser Health (7).
Four new cases were reported in the interior health region on Friday, for a total of 319. Two people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
IH has identified another case of COVID-19 linked to the cob in a healthcare worker at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH). This brings the number of cases of KGH employees to eight.
“This is another community-acquired case related to the larger Kelowna cluster. This was not a hospital exposure and we have no evidence of patient exposure related to these staff cases. Investigations and follow-up of this and other cases related to the cluster are continuing, ”read a statement from Interior Health.
“According to IH protocols and Ministry of Health recommendations, staff with symptoms should stay home after work. We are convinced that those affected by this current situation are following this direction.
“It is important that anyone requiring medical attention in the hospital feels confident to come to KGH.”
IH confirmed that it has recruited more than 20 additional members of the public health team to support regular staff in contact tracing.
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