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Nearly a dozen COVID-19 cases linked to cluster at Big White mountain still active

Last Updated Feb 19, 2021 at 3:11 pm PST

FILE - Big White. (Chad Harris, CityNews Photo)
Summary

Only one new case of COVID-19 recorded at Big White over the last week

Still 11 active cases at Big White; Interior Health not yet ready to declare cluster over

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – Only one additional case of COVID-19 has been recorded at Big White mountain near Kelowna over the last week, bringing the total to 237 since the community cluster was declared in December.

There are still 11 active cases, and Interior Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Albert de Villiers isn’t ready to declare the cluster over.

He says people who don’t live or work in the area are still heading up there to ski.

“Keeps on being drips and drabs coming in,” he said. “People keep on going and they keep on seeing cases. It’s slower, but it’s on a constant basis, so we are keeping a really close eye on it and we go up every week to make sure we test people.”

Two weeks ago, Interior Health said cases were “stabilizing,” noting most of the transmissions happened at social events and gatherings.

Of the 237 people who have tested positive, 150 are people who either live or work on the mountain.