KAMLOOPS – Nearly two dozen cases of COVID-19 are now linked to the Sun Peaks resort near Kamloops.
The number of cases climbed to 23 Monday, increasing from 15 Saturday.
Mayor Al Raine confirms several skiers from other parts of the province headed there after Whistler was ordered to close before Easter.
“But there’s no question, in the last couple of weeks, we definitely saw people from outside the region more than ever. When Whistler and Revelstoke closed, there were people travelling from those areas,” he says.
“Definitely there were more people around and definitely there was a bit of a festive atmosphere and people were letting their guards down. Our focus is now let’s get this little outbreak contained and move on.”
Speaking with Radio NL, he says the focus now is stopping further spread to other communities
“My hope is the number doesn’t climb, but I am fearful that it is going to climb a little bit more,” he says.
He adds up to 50 people were tested over the weekend, and most of the positive tests are people who live and work in the village.
“I do think getting the word out is going to help. It’s very, very quiet. People are paying attention.”
The number of people who have tested positive since ski season came to an end is higher than the total number recorded in all of 2020.
With files from Radio NL