Interior and Northeast Tri County Health Have COVID-19 Concerns

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Health officials are monitoring several cases of COVID-19 exposure in Kelowna, and identified two more locations where people may have contracted the respiratory illness.

According to Canadian Press,  Interior Health said in a statement issued Sunday that a restaurant and spin studio have been added to the resort and a bed and breakfast identified on Friday in an advisory about the Okanagan outbreak.

An email from the health authority said eight positive tests for the virus are linked to visits to downtown Kelowna and the city's waterfront between June 25 and July 9.

Visitors to the Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge on July 1 or the Discovery Bay Resort from July 1 to July 5 were advised Friday to self-isolate and monitor themselves closely for symptoms.

The health authority is now urging visitors to Kelowna's Cactus Club restaurant on Water Street between July 3 and July 6, or the Pace Spin Studio on July 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 to self-monitor and get tested if COVID-19 symptoms appear.

Public health contact tracing is underway, and the health authority indicated, it is reaching out directly, where possible, to anyone who has been exposed.

In the Northeast Tri County Health District there were six new positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed from the weekend.

There were four in Pend Oreille County with three in the Newport area and one in the southern part of county.  Officials said those infected ranged in age from the early 20’s to 70’s.

One of the new cases in Stevens County was detected in the Springdale area with the other close to Nine-Mile Falls.  They are people in their early 30’s and 50’s.

The district has reported 21 new cases in the last two weeks incluidng an employee at the Colville McDonalds, to bring the total COVID-19 count to 43.

Staff indicated 28 people in Stevens County have been infected since the pandemic began and two remain in hospital.