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Interior Health says Fernie COVID-19 community cluster now contained

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

Interior Health said in a media release that the COVID-19 community cluster in Fernie has been contained.

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

“Interior Health is thankful for the support of local physicians, health care staff, elected officials, community leaders and residents who pulled together to limit further COVID-19 exposures after the cluster was declared in late January,” the Interior Health release said.

“Cases of COVID-19 are still possible in Fernie and other communities,” Interior Health added.

“The transmission related to this community cluster occurred at social events and gatherings so Interior Health reminds everyone that socialization at this time must be limited to immediate household bubbles.”

Interior Health also updated the community cluster at Big White Mountain outside Kelowna.

Interior Health said a total of 237 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and linked to the cluster.

Other information relating to Big White include:

  • This is an increase of one new case of COVID-19 since our last report on Feb. 12.
  • A total of 11 COVID-19 cases are currently active and in self-isolation.
  • Since reporting this cluster, 226 people have recovered.
  • Of the 237 cases of COVID-19 linked to this cluster, 150 have resided and/or worked on Big White Mountain.

Interior Health said COVID-19 continues to circulate in all communities throughout the Interior.

“Most of the transmission related to this community cluster has occurred at social events and gatherings and everyone is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles,” Interior Health said of the Big White cluster.

“Interior Health is thankful for the ongoing support of local community leaders and reminds everyone not to stigmatize or judge others who seek testing or test positive for COVID-19.”

Interior Health said people in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
  • Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Practise physical distancing
  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid all non-essential travel

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