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Interior Health reported 82 new cases of COVID-19 today.
It brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 1,981, with 609 of them currently active.
Unfortunately, the health authority also reported today that a fourth person has died from COVID-19 in the Interior, the region’s first death since late October.
The person who died was the resident of Mountainview Village in Kelowna who recently tested positive, the first long-term care home resident to test positive in the Interior.
“We are saddened to report the fourth COVID-19 related death has occurred in IH since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of IH.
“We offer our condolences to the family and caregivers during this difficult time. IH will continue working closely with Mountainview’s administration and staff as we combat COVID-19 together.”
According to IH, the person who passed away was a man in his 80s.
“We all have a role to play to stop the spread in our communities, and I’m asking everyone to stick close to home right now and keep to your household,” added Brown.
“Limiting spread in our communities will help keep COVID-19 out of our long-term care facilities and help protect our most vulnerable.”
The outbreak at Mountainview has now been expanded, as another staff member linked to the initial two cases has now tested positive for the virus as well.
IH also reported today that there are 16 people in hospital, four of them in the intensive care unit, and Wednesday’s notice about no one being left in ICU was a “data reporting error.”
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