Okanagan region leads British Columbia in new COVID-19 cases

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In British Columbia, the Okanagan is usually a priority for vacations, wine and fun in the sun.It turns out the region is also proving to be the province’s current hotspot for coronavirus cases.

The latest statistics from the BC Center of Disease Control show 107 cases were reported in the Okanagan between July 10 and July 23.

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The only other regions that came together were in the Lower Mainland, with the South Fraser region (Ladner, Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley) having the most with 58 cases. Vancouver was next at 49 and Fraser East at 42.

The province reported 340 new cases of COVID-19 during that two-week period, meaning the Okanagan accounted for nearly a third of them.

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The outbreak is believed to stem from two house parties that took place over the Canada Day weekend in Kelowna.

On July 10, Interior Health issued a potential exposure warning for the downtown area of ​​the city after eight people tested positive, six of whom were from outside the health authority area.

In the days that followed, the number of cases increased and some local businesses temporarily closed their doors due to coronavirus concerns.










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Premier John Horgan said on Thursday that British Columbia was seeing an average of 30 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week, compared to 116 per day in Alberta and 829 in Washington state.

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He said recent images of Kelowna reminded him of his youth, when he traveled to the Okanagan from Vancouver Island.

“I know what’s going on here. I have young men in my life who would also like to travel and have a good time, ”the Prime Minister said, referring to his two sons who, according to a government official, are in their 30s.

“But you have to do it in small groups. You have to do this with people you know. Now is not the time to make new friends, now is the time to strengthen the relationships you have.

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