One-third of Interior Health COVID-19 cases now linked to Kelowna cluster

More than a third of all reported cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health now stem from an outbreak in Kelowna around the Canada Day long weekend.

As of Tuesday, IH has determined 149 cases are associated to the Kelowna outbreak, from a total of 377 reported in the health authority since the pandemic began.

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Seven new cases of the virus were reported in IH on Wednesday for a total of 384 to date.

Last month, the health authority reported a cluster of cases directly connected to large gatherings and visits to businesses in downtown Kelowna between June 26 and early July, but the situation has now shifted into more “broad community transmission,” IH has said.

In response to the cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan, IH is opening up its Community Health and Services Centre (CHSC) at 505 Doyle Ave. in Kelowna for the next two weeks to evening, drop-in COVID-19 testing between 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days per week.

According to IH, about 60 per cent of the Kelowna-linked cases are considered recovered.

IH does not have specific active or recovered cases for Kelowna, as these numbers are fluid, changing as new cases are linked to Kelowna and as additional cases are considered recovered.

BC Centre for Disease Control statistics show that as of Wednesday, 358 or 93 per cent of total COVID-19 cases in IH are considered recovered.

IH has also been identifying a number of businesses in Kelowna where people may have been exposed to the virus, the latest being the Liquid Zoo nightclub on Lawrence Ave.

IH is advising that anyone who visited the club between July 15 and 18 to self monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

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