Health officials probing house parties in wake of Kelowna COVID-19 exposure warning

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Health officials probing house parties in wake of Kelowna COVID-19 exposure warning

Interior Health says it is investigating “a couple of house parties” following Friday’s health warning of possible coronavirus exposure.

Issued Friday afternoon, the advisory said people who visited Kelowna between June 25th and July 6th may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The advisory said eight people who had tested positive for coronavirus had attended private gatherings and visited businesses in the downtown and waterfront areas.

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Interior Health issues coronavirus advisory for downtown Kelowna, B.C.

On Saturday, medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema spoke to Global News about the advisory.

“Since yesterday, we are investigating a number of other individuals, and we are going to confirm how many individuals very briefly,” Mema said just after 3 p.m.

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“We are looking at their exposures, where they were, when they were in Kelowna, and we are identifying a couple of parties where these individuals may have converged.”










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Mema described the parties as house gatherings and private gatherings, “however, individuals that were sick were here in Kelowna while they were sick, and they have visited public spaces.”

She continued, saying, “so it’s important for everybody in Kelowna to keep their physical distance when they are out.”

Of the eight people that the advisory mentioned on Friday, six were from outside the Interior Health region, it said.










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“I want to emphasize that there isn’t any particular (Kelowna) business that has been identified that’s had a case — for example, a waitress or a staff member of a particular restaurant,” Mema said.

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“That’s not the case. We don’t have sick individuals who have worked in a business. And we have reviewed the safety plans of some of the businesses that have been named. And Interior Health is satisfied with those safety plans.”

More as this develops.

 

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