Interior Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure in Kelowna around Canada Day

Interior Health has issued an advisory for multiple COVID-19 exposures in Kelowna in late June and early July.

The advisory applies to people who attended gatherings in the downtown and waterfront areas of Kelowna from June 25 to July 6.

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So far, eight cases are linked to the exposure event. Of those eight, six live outside the Interior Health region and public health is working to determine the source of the new cases.

The health authority said its communicable disease unit was made aware of "a number of positive COVID-19 cases" among those who attended gatherings and visited businesses within the time frame.

The advisory says those of most concern are people who participated in Canada Day and holiday weekend events.

Interior Health is currently conducting contact tracing for those involved and anyone known to have been in contact with the affected people will be contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

"However, given the number of cases and potential locations involved, we are urging anyone who participated in events over these dates to monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19," the advisory states.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell and other milder symptoms, including runny nose, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

Anyone who develops symptoms is being asked to get tested. Interior Health is referring people to testing information on its website.


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