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Interior Health provides two more COVID-19 exposure locations – Kelowna News – Castanet.net

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Interior Health (IH) has provided another two specific Kelowna locations where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19 between June 25 and July 6, following the recent increase in local cases.  

Individuals who visited the following locations on the dates below may have been exposed to the virus: 

  • Cactus Club, 1370 Water St., from July 3-6
  • PACE Spin Studio, 1717 Harvey Ave., on July 2, 4-5 and 7-9 

IH is requesting those individuals closely self-monitor for virus symptoms and get tested if any symptoms show.

On Saturday, IH announced residents who visited Discovery Bay Resort from July 1-5 or Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 may have come in contact with COVID-19. IH directed individuals who attended gatherings at Discovery Bay Resort or Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on those dates to self-isolate and monitor themselves closely for symptoms. 

Castanet understands the individual/s who visited Discovery Bay Resort were not staying at the resort, but visiting a specific unit thought to have been on the second floor of the South building. 

In response, the resort has closed the pools until further guidance is obtained by IH and increased cleaning and sanitization practices.

IH confirmed public health contact tracing is underway, and individuals who may have been exposed are being contacted directly where possible. 

Testing is recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

IH reminds everyone of the importance of following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Stay home and avoid travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones.
  • Maintain physical distancing (two metres apart) and use masks when distancing is not possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face.
  • Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings to out of doors whenever possible.

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Edmonton zone has more COVID-19 cases than any other zone in Alberta – Global News

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The Edmonton zone had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta as of Thursday afternoon. It’s a statistic no city wants to hit.

While all other Alberta zones appear to be flattening the curve, the Edmonton zone has seen an increase.

In June, there were 688 COVID-19 cases in the Edmonton zone. In July, there were 1,252 and as of Aug. 13, there were 2,166. That means the Edmonton zone has seen the number of total cases in the region more than triple in two months.

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Edmonton COVID-19 trend shows jump in active cases, more young people testing positive

Dr. Craig Jenne, a University of Calgary infectious disease specialist, said the rise in numbers shows there is higher circulation of the virus in the Edmonton zone, but testing is also part of the equation since capacity has gone up by almost 50 per cent over the last month.

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“We test a lot of people in Alberta, which means we’ll probably find more cases,” Jenne said.

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“But we do see that we have a higher hospitalization rate as well, which suggests that it’s not just identifying asymptomatic people, but there are more potentially sick people per capita here.

“The small outbreaks — single eateries, single businesses or a handful of businesses — would be enough to make Edmonton a hot spot temporarily.”

READ MORE: 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, 3 additional deaths

If Edmonton sees a significant spike, the city said it may consider different restrictions and closures, but for now, there are no changes to current measures.

“While it’s absolutely concerning that the numbers are going up, the numbers are going up in a traceable fashion,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin said.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said many of the recent cases in the Edmonton area have spread within households, adding one thing that stands out is the age group of new cases — the median age in Edmonton is 30.

READ MORE: Hinshaw urges Alberta teachers to get tested for COVID-19 ahead of school reopenings

Alberta Health said Thursday that an additional 76 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the province, as well as three additional deaths.

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The Edmonton zone continues to have more cases than any other zone in the province as the number of active cases in that city climbed slightly to 475 on Thursday.

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COVID-19 update for Aug. 13: Here's the latest on coronavirus in B.C. – Vancouver Sun

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The government says it is taking the $31 million from $170 million left in the Smart Cities Challenge program.

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7 a.m. – Poll finds more than a third of B.C. residents want tighter pandemic restrictions following surge in cases

As B.C. deals with a surge in coronavirus cases, a new poll finds residents are more likely than their provincial counterparts to say they want to see tighter restrictions.

The Angus Reid Institute poll, published Thursday, found Canadians in the four Atlantic provinces were the most satisfied with their region’s pandemic restrictions, while those in B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba were more likely to say they want tighter restrictions in order to keep COVID-19 spread down.

While nearly half of British Columbians (48 per cent) say the restrictions in B.C. are “about right,” 14 per cent say “they go too far” and 38 per cent say they “don’t go far enough.”

That compares to just 28 per cent overall of Canadians who think there should be tighter restrictions. In Manitoba, that number climbs to 40 per cent, while in Atlantic Canada it’s just 19 per cent.

12 a.m. – Health officials announce 85 new cases, one new death

Provincial health officials announced 85 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the third-highest one-day total since the coronavirus came to British Columbia.

Wednesday’s updated numbers from Dix and Henry include one new death — the province’s first in 12 days. 196 people have died from the coronavirus in British Columbia.



LOCAL RESOURCES

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

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Albertans growing less satisfied with provincial COVID-19 response, new survey says; 76 new cases – Calgary Herald

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There are some signs the worrying trend could be abating, including Alberta’s announcement Thursday that there were 76 new cases of the coronavirus in the province, down from 121 Wednesday.

The new cases were the result of about 7,750 tests, equivalent to a one per cent positive rate. They bring Alberta’s running total since the start of the pandemic to 11,969, including 10,713 people who have now officially recovered from the virus.

Active cases in Alberta dipped slightly Thursday to 1,036, with more cases in the Alberta Health Services Edmonton zone (475) than any other provincial health region. The Calgary zone has 314 active cases.

A total of 220 Albertans have now died of COVID-19 after the province reported three new deaths Thursday. One death was of a woman in her 80s at Edmonton’s Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre, bringing that facility’s toll from the virus to 29, the most of anywhere in Alberta.

The other two deaths were of a man in his 90s at the Heimstaed Seniors Lodge in La Crete, about 670 kilometres north of Edmonton, and another man in his 90s who lived in the Central zone and was not connected to any continuing-care site.

Alberta’s hospitalizations stayed steady Thursday, with 50 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, 12 of whom are receiving treatment in intensive-care units.

Aside from the unsteady case numbers, Angus Reid also indicated that the province’s plan for a return to school for K-12 students in September may be partly responsible for the dipping approval rate. Parents and teachers have heavily criticized the plan from Alberta Education, saying measures are insufficient to protect students and teachers given large class sizes and stagnant funding.

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