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Case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in B.C.'s Interior

Last Updated Feb 4, 2021 at 6:34 pm PST

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Interior Health Authority has confirmed the arrival of one variant COVID-19 strain to that region

The infected person is believed to have travelled to the U.K.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Interior Health Authority has confirmed the arrival of one variant COVID-19 variant to that region.

This single case is believed to be someone who travelled to the U.K. and did not spread the virus to anyone else.

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Albert De Villiers can’t disclose where this person is from, but he says there’s no link to a large outbreak at the only hospital in Kamloops.

“There’s no indication of broader community spread. The case was exposed to the variant while travelling, and the variant isn’t currently widely circulating through Interior and there’s no cause at this stage for additional concerns,” he said Thursday.

“This person was isolated as soon as they got here. They got tested and they didn’t spread it anywhere in the community, so we are cautiously optimistic that we contained that one.

While he says it’s possible for more variants to be detected, nothing is changing in the health authority.

There are now 92 cases linked to the outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, including 60 members of the staff.

De Villiers adds there’s no truth to reports some employees who’ve tested positive have been asked to keep working.