B.C. should provide the number of COVID-19 cases for this month in Revelstoke by the middle of December. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

No COVID-19 outbreak or cluster in Revelstoke: Interior Health

Two restaurants are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposures

  • Nov. 21, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Despite local COVID-19 exposures and a recent swell in testing, Revelstoke has not seen a significant surge in COVID-19 cases that would necessitate public health to call a community outbreak or cluster, said Interior Health.

This week two local restaurants temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Craft Bierhause shut its doors due to possible exposure and Taco Club from a confirmed exposure of the virus.

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With all COVID-19 exposures in the region, contact tracing is done by Interior Health.

Unlike Alberta, B.C. does not disclose the number of COVID-19 cases to the municipal level on a daily basis. Instead, the province discloses local cases once per month. For October, there were zero cases among residents in Revelstoke. Interior Health has recorded just three in total since the pandemic began.

B.C. is expected to provide the number of COVID-19 cases for this month in Revelstoke by the middle of December.

Nearly two dozen cases of COVID-19 have been recently reported in Salmo, a Kootenay community of roughly 1,100 residents, forcing Interior Health to call it a cluster, but not an outbreak.

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Yesterday, the province reported 516 additional cases of COVID-19, making it the second straight day of declines, indicating that restrictions on private gatherings in the coronavirus hot spot of the Lower Mainland might be starting to work.

Those restrictions were pushed province-wide yesterday and masks were made mandatory.

There are 235 active cases in the Interior Health region.

Interior Health said when there is a number of connected cases in a workplace or community, it’s categorized as a cluster. By comparison, an outbreak involves multiple cases and evidence of ongoing exposures and risks, such as the outbreak declared at Calvary Chapel in Kelowna in September.

The decision to declare an outbreak lies with medical health officers and is based on their assessment of ongoing risk and how best to contain cases.

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