KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) — Dozens of COVID-19 cases at Kelowna’s Big White Ski Resort are a result of large gatherings and shared housing, according to the Interior Health Authority.
At least 60 cases have been linked to the resort following an investigation by the health authority.
“Large households and social gatherings appear to be responsible for much of the COVID-19 transmission related to this cluster,” reads a release from Interior Health.
“This highlights the importance of limiting social activities and following COVID-19 protocols when indoors.”
Big White told NEWS 1130 Monday there was a party with about two dozen people late-November.
UPDATE: @Interior_Health says there are 60 cases of #COVID19 at Big White. It says large households and social gatherings (like a party on Nov. 28) appear to be responsible for much of the transmission. Details on @NEWS1130. https://t.co/KeWmGuhi2z
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However, the risk is low for people visiting the resort who stick to their immediate household bubble, according to the health authority.
Under public health orders, social gatherings have been restricted and there is an advisory to only travel if it is essential.
“This means, sticking to your own communities and visiting your local ski hill only,” the release continues.
The cluster will continue to be monitored and all the identified cases have to self-isolate, while follow up with close contacts of infected people continues.
Without providing specifics, Interior Health adds it will follow up with a number of locations to review safety plans and “provide guidance and support as needed.”