COVID-19: Interior Health issues coronavirus advisory for downtown Kelowna

Interior Health has issued an advisory about COVID-19 exposure in downtown Kelowna after eight people tested positive for the coronavirus.

The health authority said the advisory comes after learning that a number of positive individuals attended private gatherings and businesses — such as restaurants and bars — between June 25 and July 6. Larger Canada Day and holiday weekend events were of particular concern.

“Given the number of cases and potential locations involved, we are urging anyone who participated in events over these dates to monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19,” the authority said, adding that contact tracing is underway.

The advisory came on the save day that provincial health officials confirmed another 25 coronavirus cases in B.C., the largest one-day increase in over two months.

The new cases are the most since May 8 when Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and health minister Adrian Dix reported 29 new infections.

COVID-19 cases have been increasing all week — Friday marked the fourth consecutive day that health officials reported more new cases than the day before.

The updated totals from Henry and Dix bring total cases in British Columbia to 3,053. There are now 187 active cases in the province and 16 people are hospitalized, with five in intensive care.

For the second straight day, health officials stressed the need “to keep COVID-19 low and slow in British Columbia,” and reminded residents to avoid the three C’s: closed spaces, crowds and close contact with others.

One more person has died, Henry and Dix said, bringing the total dead from COVID-19 in B.C. to 187.

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