Interior Health has identified a case of COVID-19 stemming from the Save-On-Foods pharmacy department in Sahali.
IH is now asking those who visited this pharmacy on March 10, 13, 14 or from March 16 to March 21 to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of their visit.
The health authority did not specify if the case was related to a customer or employee.
After identifying this case, the Save-On-Foods pharmacy has screened staff daily for symptoms, enhanced cleaning, installed floor stickers to ensure physical distancing and brought in extra supplies of personal protective equipment for staff to ensure the safety of customers and employees.
The pharmacy, which remains open, has also ordered Plexiglas barriers for installation between customers and employees, such as what has been installed in Save-On-Foods grocery stores.
Community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected in municipalities across the Interior Health region, IH stated in the release.
Public Health routinely follows up with confirmed cases and close contacts directly to advise on self-isolation.
“All communities should assume COVID-19 cases are present and take appropriate precautions,” the release stated.
Symptoms for which people who visited the grocery store on the dates in question should monitor include fever, cough, shortness of breath and other milder issues that may include runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.
“As long as customers of the pharmacy remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, they can return to their routine activities 14 days after the date of their visit,” the IH press release stated. “If customers develop respiratory symptoms, they need to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the time their symptoms develop and until symptoms resolve.”
Individuals who develop symptoms, particularly those who are older or have underlying health conditions, should call 811 or their health-care provider if they have concerns or questions about your health. See the BCCDC guide to self-isolation if you have respiratory symptoms. and for a guide to self-isolation if you do not have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms.
Testing is not required for those who have mild respiratory symptoms. If respiratory symptoms worsen, call 811 or your health-care provider. For further guidance, people should use the BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.