COVID-19: Outbreak at Kelowna Church as three deaths reported in past three days

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Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry reported an outbreak of five cases in the community linked to Calvary Chapel Church in Kelowna on Monday.

This is the first reported community outbreak in over a week, although there are still community exhibits in schools and other spaces.

The Calvary Chapel is located on the grounds of the Kelowna Christian School, but the outbreak is only affecting people who attended the 10:30 a.m. service on September 13 and 20.

Henry said there were 267 cases of COVID-19 reported between noon Friday and noon Monday (68/125/74) and three deaths. These deaths occurred in the Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Island Health regions, bringing that grim toll to 233.

Henry said the person who died on Vancouver Island was in his 50s with underlying conditions and died at home. She said it was not known he had COVID until he died.

There are now 1,302 active cases of the disease in British Columbia, of which 69 were being treated in hospital, including 22 in intensive care. Henry said there were 3,372 people isolated and being monitored by health officials in the province after potentially being exposed to COVID-19.

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