Large COVID-19 exhibit in Kelowna from June 25 to July 6 – Kelowna News

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UPDATE: 7 p.m.

Interior Health refuses to identify downtown Kelowna businesses attended by the eight people recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday afternoon, IH issued a notice, warning the public that eight people have recently tested positive for the virus, after attending private events, bars and restaurants in downtown Kelowna from June 26 to July 6.

While Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the locations of recent “exhibition events” in the Greater Vancouver area, at the Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge, the Belmont Hotel and # 5 Orange, IH will not identify which restaurants and COVID bars they know have been frequented by positive people.

“Not at this time,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical officer of health, in a statement. “We don’t have a complete list of locations. We also don’t want to create a false sense of security. We have no evidence that the cases caught the disease in these companies, only that they were there while they were sick. ”

IH did not specify whether the companies frequented by COVID-positive people were informed, but only that “the search for public health contacts is in progress and, if IH is informed of potential exposures to COVID-19, our [communicable disease unit] will reach out directly to ask these people to isolate themselves for 14 days.

“However, given the number of cases and potential locations involved, we urge everyone who participated in events during these dates to closely monitor the symptoms of COVID-19.

Six of the eight recent COVID-19 cases in Kelowna come from people who live outside of the HI region.


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At least eight people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending private meetings and visiting downtown restaurants and bars.

A notice sent by Interior Health late Friday afternoon suggests that anyone who attended rallies in downtown Kelowna and on the waterfront from June 25 to July 6 may have been exposed.

Of particular concern are the larger events taking place on Canada Day and around the holiday weekend.

Of the eight cases already identified, HI officials say six come from people who live outside the borders of domestic health.

“The tracing of public health contacts is underway and, if IH is informed of potential exposures to COVID-19, our CDU will contact these people directly so that they can self-isolate for 14 days,” the press release said.

“However, given the number of cases and potential locations involved, we urge everyone who participated in events during these dates to closely monitor the symptoms of COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or odor
  • Other milder symptoms may include runny nose, tiredness, body aches (muscle and joint pain), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting, and red eyes.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

Click here for a list of test and assessment centers.

Interior Health says it is working with other jurisdictions to determine the source of the disease.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, IH suggests the following precautions:

  • Stay at home and avoid traveling if you have symptoms, even mild.
  • Maintain a physical distance (two meters from each other) and use masks when the distance is not possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face.
  • Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings outside as much as possible.

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