Revelstoke cluster still active
Interior Health Dec. 4 reported the COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke has reached 49 cases, with 26 people recovered and 23 still in self-isolation.
Three additional cases were confirmed since Monday and contact tracing has been completed for each of these new cases.
“The smaller number of new cases this week is encouraging – a drop off like this is what we want to see after we have completed our initial investigation and have connected with those we have identified as close contacts to original cases,” stated Dr. Karin Goodison, medical health officer with Interior Health.
“However, we do anticipate new cases for a week or two after a cluster is declared, so nobody should be letting down their guard in Revelstoke right now. Interior Health continues to see a significant number of new cases every day and these are impacting rural communities as well as our larger centres.
“IH environmental health officers are in Revelstoke providing additional guidance and direction to local businesses given the new orders that are in place,” Dr. Goodison said.
“We would like to thank the mayor, local businesses and residents in the community for their support in reducing the risk of further exposures in Revelstoke. We are cautiously optimistic about our progress and we urge everyone to continue to follow all public health guidance and orders. Working together, we can contain this cluster and prevent further cases of COVID-19 in the Revelstoke region.
“Everyone in all communities needs to take action to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
As of yesterday (Dec. 4), IH reports a total of 2,062 cases, with 633 cases active and in isolation. Of that, 46 cases have occurred in the East Kootenay between Nov. 20 and Dec. 3. In total, since the start of the pandemic, there have been 119 cases in the IH region.
Sixteen people are in hospital; with four in ICU.
Four people have died from COVID-19 in the IH region.