COVID-19 outbreak declared in Central Okanagan in B.C. due to spike in cases

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The Interior Health has declared COVID-19 outbreak in Central Okanagan of British Columbia due to a spike in cases.

“We’ve declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the central Okanagan due to significant increases in COVID-19 transmission. The following measures are being put in place to contain the outbreak,” the Interior Health said in a statement.

The statement further added effective tonight at midnight, Interior Health is placing a regional mandatory mask order for all public indoor spaces in the central Okanagan communities of Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Lake Country.

The order applies to individuals older than 12 years of age, the Interior Health said, adding that people from outside the central Okanagan are discouraged from non-essential travel to the area for the duration of the outbreak unless they are fully vaccinated (7 days after their second dose).

The Interior Health also added that more than 95 per cent of recent cases in the central Okanagan are among people who are not fully-immunized against COVID-19.

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