A person in Sun Peaks has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a media release posted on the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality website on Saturday.
"We also have presumptive cases and more than likely, we also have others who have COVID-19 who are only mildly sick," the release states.
"Please take this notice seriously as you must social distance yourself at all times,” said Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine. "This virus can spread easily through close contact before symptoms are evident. Therefore, these rules are mandatory for everyone to follow even if you feel entirely well.”
On Wednesday, March 18, Sun Peaks Resort ended its ski season early due to the pandemic.
The release was put together by a number of organizations, including Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue, Sun Peaks Emergency Operation Centre, Sun Peaks Resort, Tourism Sun Peaks and Sun Peaks Health Centre.
Sun Peaks authorities are urging anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including dry cough, fever and shortness of breath, to phone the Sun Peaks Health Centre at 778-644-0635. British Columbians can also complete a self-assessment online at covid19.thrive.health and call 811 if experiencing symptoms.
People are urged not to go directly to the Sun Peaks Health Centre or emergency department if they have symptoms.
The release also calls on Sun Peaks residents to immediately stop getting together in crowded social gatherings.
"The Sun Peaks Medical Team is shocked at the number of people still crowded in social gatherings. Please stop this behavior immediately! Even our seniors still think they can meet socially without repercussions, WOW! Said very bluntly, YOU ARE THE MOST LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID 19, what are you doing?" the release reads.