Interior Health reports nine new cases of COVID-19; Kelowna cluster grows to 137 cases

Kelowna cluster accounts for about 20 per cent of all new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since July 1

Interior Health has reported an additional nine cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

The health authority says there are now 137 cases linked to exposure events in Kelowna that occurred in late June and early July around the Canada Day weekend.

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In all, there have been 369 cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region since the pandemic began.

Approximately 60 per cent of the cases linked to Kelowna are now fully recovered, according to Interior Health.

"The increases in Kelowna started with a relatively small number of positive cases," reads a statement issued Friday.

In early July, public health officials said of the eight early cases linked to the exposure event, six occurred in people who live outside the Interior Health region.

The Kelowna cluster of cases has accounted for about 20 per cent of all new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since July 1.

It also appears that the Kelowna cluster has not led to a surge of cases outside the Central Okanagan.

From July 3 to July 30, the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap sub-region of Interior Health saw seven new cases of COVID-19.

Interior Health said that although there remain eight cases of COVID-19 among health-care workers at Kelowna General Hospital, there is currently no one in the region in hospital with COVID-19.

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