UPDATE 4:40 p.m.
Since reporting the latest COVID-19 figures earlier today, Interior Health has said an eighth person has died from the virus.
Interior Health President and CEO Susan Brown released a brief statement after the news.
“We are sad to report an eighth COVID-related death in Interior Health. Every loss is deeply felt in our communities and our condolences go out to family, friends and caregivers, ”said Brown
“As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are all feeling the effects of this virus in our region. Each of us has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 as we fight this pandemic together. ”
The deceased is a woman in her 90s.
She says it was a community death and not associated with an epidemic.
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Another 91 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the interior health region in the past 24 hours.
This brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 2,998. Of these, 843 are active and isolated.
During a weekly press briefing on Wednesday, chief medical officer Dr Albert de Villiers said 28 people remained in hospital, seven of whom were being treated in intensive care.
The total number of deaths from the coronavirus remains at seven.
Dr de Villiers says four new cases have been confirmed at McKinney Place long-term care home in Oliver, bringing the total number of cases to 57, including 41 residents and 16 staff.
“Although this long-term care home is close to the South Okanagan General Hospital, we have not detected any transmission of COVID beyond McKinney Place at the hospital at this time, which is good news, ”said Dr de Villiers.
He says the outbreak at the facility and the high number of cases are a concern, but not entirely unexpected due to the age and configuration of the building.
“Some long-term facilities have better built-in infection control. They have more single rooms, there are less shared spaces, ”he said.
With McKinney Place, Dr de Villiers says there are more bedrooms and shared spaces, which may lead to more spread.
“We are looking at different options and we are trying to contain the epidemic. ”
There has been no change in the number of cases reported in Mountainview Village in Kelowna and in Village near the Penticton station, where outbreaks continue.