Outbreak of COVID-19 declared ended at West Kelowna agricultural business

More than 20 employees at Byland Nurseries Ltd. contracted the disease, after which Interior Health and the company worked to quarantine the workers affected

The COVID-19 outbreak at a West Kelowna nursery has been declared over by health officials.

More than 20 employees at Byland Nurseries Ltd. contracted the disease, after which Interior Health and the company worked to quarantine the workers affected.

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Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema said the commitment of the nursery workers and owners, as well as IH’s infection control and environmental health experts, were critical to the containment and conclusion of the outbreak.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also thanked West Kelowna for its support.

“I know the community rallied together and brought food and other necessities to people in self-isolation. That's what we do in B.C., to support our neighbours and help keep our communities safe and healthy,” Henry said.

The outbreak was declared on March 28 and ended on May 11.

Interior Health said none of the employees — many of whom are temporary foreign workers — were in roles that interacted with customers and members of the group had very minimal contact in the community.

Bylands Nurseries carried out enhanced cleaning of all nursery, housing, sanitary and other facilities accessed by employees. The business is ready to resume full operations, in compliance with the measures laid out for all businesses by the B.C. provincial health officer.

The BC Centre for Disease Control website, at bccdc.ca, is the recommended resource for accurate, current COVID-19 information for British Columbians. The site is being updated frequently and individuals are encouraged to check back often.

Interior Health also has frequently updated information on the COVID-19 page on the Interior Health website at interiorhealth.ca.

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