Kelowna’s Canada Day ‘COVID-19 cluster’ declared over

There have been hundreds of cases connected to Canada Day parties

As B.C. sees an ongoing surge in new COVID-19 cases, health officials announced promising news that Kelowna’s Canada Day community cluster has ended.

In early July, Kelowna was in the spotlight for being home to a number of test-positive cases, linked to hotel parties involving those in their 20s and 30s.

On Monday (Aug, 31), provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed no new cases had been linked to those parties for 14 days.

As of Aug. 28, Interior Health confirmed 171 cases within the health authority’s region had been connected to Kelowna since June 26. Through contact tracing, hundreds of cases across B.C. were quickly linked to the Kelowna cluster event, but that exact number is unknown.

The BC Centre for Disease Control released data by local health area for the first time on Aug. 28, providing a more city-level look at where cases of COVID-19 were most prevalent. That data showed the Central Okanagan had recorded 209 cases of the virus between January and the end of July, topping all areas outside the Lower Mainland and notching the fourth-highest case count in the province behind Vancouver (716 across six health areas in the city), Surrey (521) and Abbotsford (454).

Areas surrounding the Central Okanagan saw significantly fewer cases, with the Kamloops area reaching 53 cases, the Vernon area netting 21, Merritt with six, Osoyoos/Oliver with six, Penticton with five and Summerland with two. Princeton and Keremeos both recorded zero cases.

Interior Health (IH) announced a total of seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in the region since Friday, bringing the total cases in the IH region to 440. Currently, 19 cases are active and those individuals are now in isolation with no one in the hospital.

As of Monday, 1,107 people across the province were actively battling the virus, with 28 of those people in hospital and the rest in self-isolation.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism? Make a donation here.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Old Ferry Wharf Road reopens

The leak was first reported about 11:35 a.m., Friday

Police investigate possible bomb threat at Orchard Plaza

‘Suspicious circumstance’ shuts down area, closing multiple businesses

Southeast District Emergency Response team arrest wanted Kamloops man in Kelowna

The incident occurred on Bernard Avenue in the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 24

Kelowna International Airport operations unaffected by Nav Canada cuts

The private company felt the effects of the pandemic and decided to reduce its workforce

Crash halts northbound traffic at Benvoulin and KLO Rd

Two vehicles crashed shortly before noon, northbound traffic stopped

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Money laundering inquiry delayed over of B.C. election: commissioner

Austin Cullen says the hearings will start again on Oct. 26

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Lumber hitting record high prices due to low supply and high demand

B.C.’s forest industry hasn’t been able to keep pace with the COVID-19 building boom

Most Read