The positive COVID-19 case reported on Saturday by Sun Peaks Municipality is that of Dr. Chip Bantock of the Sun Peaks Health Centre. He as informed on Friday, March 20.
In a letter posted to the municipality’s website, Sun Peaks Health Centre medical director Dr. Shane Barclay said the name was kept confidential until Bantock could contact all patients who may have been risk and talk to them before personally, rather than have the situation be disseminated on social media.
Barclay said Bantock contacted all patients he feels might have been exposed, personally and professionally.
Barclay said those who have not been contacted by Bantock are at no greater risk than they are now.
“We have reason to believe Dr. Bantock was unfortunately exposed through his work as a medical professional, while still practicing all measures to limit potential exposure,” Barclay wrote in the letter. “Due to our limited knowledge of this disease, it is impossible to know when and from whom exactly Dr. Bantock contracted COVID, which emphasizes the need for everyone to be vigilant and assume that everyone has the virus.”
In his letter, Barclay reiterated the need for everyone to be aware of the risk of exposure regardless of where they are.
“You MUST practice social distancing, wash hands constantly and practice all other measures as recommended by the health experts,” Barclay said. “Due to the limited number of tests available, formal testing is currently limited to active medical professionals, hospital in-patients and long-term care residents. Thus, there are most likely many cases of COVID-19, including here in Sun Peaks, that will not be recorded as an official confirmed case in the updated numbers we hear every day.
“You must be responsible for your own behaviors through this time and assume that you can be exposed at any time while in public and not self-isolating at home, as this is the reality.”
The Sun Peaks Health Centre remains open for telephone consultations during regular clinic hours, Mondays to Fridays (10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by calling 778-644-0635.
Barclay said Bantock remains in quarantine at home, with his family, and is feeling better daily. He will be returning to regular medical practice once he has been cleared.