Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Okanagan church



This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.


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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

A coronavirus outbreak at a church in Kelowna has been declared by Interior Health.

The outbreak occurred at Calvary Chapel Kelowna on Benvoulin Road, according to the health agency, which added a warning that those who attended a morning service on Sept. 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Specifically, health officials say people who were in the Ann Rauser Hall for the 10:30 a.m. live service that day should self-isolate until the end of Sunday, Sept. 27, and to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms.

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Interior Health says to date, four individuals are connected to the outbreak, with the latest three cases identified to public health on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

“We want to thank the church community for the co-operation being shown as we work to limit this exposure,” said Interior Health.

“We are aware that physical distancing and other safety precautions were in place, which is important to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Interior Health says this is the only outbreak currently declared in the Okanagan, and that this is Interior Health’s first outbreak related to a faith-based organization.

Interior Health says 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.

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Smoky skies smothering B.C.’s Southern Interior expected to last through Thursday – Okanagan

With U.S. wildfire smoke still choking Okanagan skies with grey haze, yet another special air quality statement has been issued for B.C.’s Southern Interior.

Last Tuesday, smoke from wildfires in the states of California, Oregon and Washington drifted northwards, prompting what would be the first of a consecutive string of smoky skies bulletins and air quality statements for the region.

In the Southern Interior on that day, B.C.’s air quality health index (AQHI) rose sharply from low in the morning to its maximum setting.

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With the seemingly stationary smoke still blocking views, Environment Canada issued yet another special air quality statement for the Okanagan on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

As of 10:30 a.m., AQHI levels were at the maximum 10-plus rating, as were other communities in southern B.C., including Castlegar, Comox, Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria, the Fraser Valley and parts of Greater Vancouver.

Kamloops and Squamish had moderate ratings at 6, with Whistler and Prince Geroge. Elsewhere, Quesnel, Fort St. John, Smithers and Terrace were at 1, or low.






Smoky skies remain over many parts of B.C. Tuesday


Smoky skies remain over many parts of B.C. Tuesday

“Very heavy smoke from the United States is continuing to have extensive impacts across the southern third of the province, with lesser impacts extending into the mid-regions of the province,” said Environment Canada.

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“Smoky conditions are expected to be variable but persist in areas currently being impacted until Thursday (Sept 17).”

Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga says there will be very little rain, if any, in most southern B.C. areas through Thursday.

He says along with weak wind, the smoke will remain, though it may thin during the afternoon with daytime heat.






Smoke from wildfires over Calgary


Smoke from wildfires over Calgary




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