Behaviour needs to tighten up urges Mayor McCormick
City of Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick today addressed rumours about a COVID-19 outbreak in the city and the need to tighten up behaviours in order to keep everyone safe.
“There have been many rumours this past week of a COVID-19 outbreak in Kimberley. Here is what we know as of this morning (Tuesday).
“Up to close of business last Thursday, Interior Health Authority (IHA) reported four active cases in Kimberley. Saturday that number was 13 and as of this morning IHA is reporting 11 active cases (two have been removed from the list as their isolation period has expired). This data does not include yesterday’s testing,” McCormick said on social media.
“With the active rumours this past week, testing has increased. It is a key indicator that we may well see more confirmed cases. We will certainly know more by the end of this week, when the Easter long weekend will be almost two weeks behind us.
“Cases are up throughout the East Kootenay. The cases are primarily tied to social gatherings (parties!) and contact tracing has so far been effective at identifying the exposed. However, the tracers are finding people hesitating on full disclosure for fear of embarrassment or similar, which is not helpful. Please – if you are part of an exposure you need to be thorough in identifying people you have been in contact with,” he said.
“Our active cases are local residents, the majority younger, but a couple of seniors are also in the mix. Based on contact tracing, there is no evidence to suggest any of these cases are connected to visitors.
“COVID has been here for a year, so the only thing changing is our behaviour – which needs to tighten up.
“Several restaurants are erring on the side of caution by voluntarily closing for a week as one or more employees were identified as being exposed; contact tracing is working! Thank you for your selfless action for the safety of all.”
As a precautionary measure, the Mayor said, the Medical Clinic is limiting visits for the next while.
“They will continue to triage visits via telephone consultations, so do not hesitate to call if you need to see a doctor,” he said.
“Actual vaccinations are only just happening for those who are 70+. So, there is a long way to go before the community attains some definition of immunity. This means that we need to keep the pressure on behavior – please, do not get lazy! Shoulder season is our friend right now. If we all hunker down for the next week or so, and follow the protocols when you are out, we will limit this spread.
“I was reading earlier that the heightened risk of COVID variants is droplets going further and staying in the air longer, making spread easier. This makes masking the key line of defense as we enter this stage of the pandemic,” McCormick noted.
In summary he urged:
- Wear your mask and physical distance;
- Pay attention to hygiene – sanitizers are everywhere so use them;
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Below is the vaccination registration schedule for this week:
- 55+ at noon Monday, April 12;
- 50+ at noon Wednesday, April 14;
- 45+ at noon Friday, April 16;
- 40+ at noon Monday, April 19.
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