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COVID-19: 62 new cases announced in B.C. as Okanagan cherry farm locked down

Henry said there had been no new health-care facility outbreaks during the past three-day period, leaving two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

She said community exposure events had occurred in the Kelowna downtown and waterfront area between June 25 and July 9.

“Until a vaccine or effective treatment is available, our focus is to keep new cases low and slow,” Henry said. There is no estimate on when a vaccine or treatment will become available.

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An Okanagan cherry farm has been locked down after two workers were found to be COVID-19 positive.

In a prepared statement, the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said that Interior Health had issued an isolation order against the Krazy Cherry Fruit Company in Oliver.

“Public health teams are monitoring the situation closely and have placed restrictions on those living and working on the farm to limit the potential for further transmission,” she said.

On Monday, Henry’s office reported there were 62 new cases of COVID-19 identified in B.C. between noon Friday and noon Monday, and two deaths.

There are now 208 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 14 are in hospital including five in intensive care. Both the deaths occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

This brings the total number of cases recorded since the outbreak began in B.C. in late January to 3,115, with 189 deaths.

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