UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.
Interior Health is asking the public for help in reducing the pressure on COVID-19 test sites, by asking people to get tested only when they have symptoms.
The recent positive cases in the Kelowna area have created major concerns for local residents, resulting in a high volume of calls and unplanned visits to the local HI screening center.
“Interior Health has the ability to test people who need it, but we remind everyone that testing is NOT required for those who do not have symptoms,” said the announcement.
They also want to remind the public that anyone with symptoms and in need of a test should call ahead to make an appointment. Assessment and test sites do not provide an appointment-based test.
ORIGINAL: 12 h 10
British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed on Monday morning that the recent wave of cases in Kelowna was mainly the result of private parties held at two local resorts.
Interior Health (IH) announced on Saturday that individuals at the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to 5 and at the Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 could have contacted COVID-19.
The new cases involved people from Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Interior Health, as discovered through research into public health contacts.
It was determined through the contact tracing process that one or more people from parts of the complex visited downtown Cactus Club and PACE Spin Studio, Dix confirmed. A notice was issued Sunday evening asking people who visited these places on specific dates to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.
“We raised concerns about four sites in Kelowna and two resort hotels, but the main incentive incident, it seems, was the holding of private parties at these resort hotels,” said Dix.
He says the message to everyone is “pretty clear” regarding the responsibility of individuals and groups to maintain caution and reduce the risks associated with private events.
“I want to give a lot of credit to the people of Kelowna, especially the Kelowna businesses who have done a very good job in general, both in restaurants and tourism, in meeting the safety needs of tourists and everyone in Kelowna.
“But when people get together for private parties – in this case, it’s mostly people in their 20s and 30s – the risks are considerably higher. They tend to be in confined spaces. They usually involve people from different places, from different backgrounds. , who may not know each other at all and the risks of this type of event are higher. That’s why we have limits on the overall size of rallies, organized rallies, but I think people have to exercise good judgment when it comes to events. ”
When asked if the stations should have taken more care to prevent the parties from happening, Dix reiterated the importance of taking personal responsibility for the decisions we make.
He says that it is not only possible, but also critically important to follow the COVID-19 provincial guidelines at gatherings such as maintaining physical distance for the benefit of those closest to us.
“It is important to understand that the people who are most likely to transmit this virus, if we become positive for COVID-19, are people we love, and that should be a reason for us to follow the rules. ”
“It’s not to make people’s lives less fun. It is about protecting those we love, and that is a very good reason to do so. “