IH announces 53 new cases in Williams Lake area cluster

Cluster grows to 268

Interior Health has announced another 53 coronavirus cases linked to a community cluster in the Williams Lake region.

Since the start of the year, a total of 268 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Cariboo Chilcotin local health area. 165 cases remain active.

Interior Health says most of the transmission has occurred at recent social events and gatherings.

“Everyone is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering,” the health authority said.

An outbreak at Cariboo Memorial Hospital has infected 11 staff. No patients have been affected and the public is reminded the hospital remains safe to visit for appointments or emergency care.

“It is important to follow public health guidance such as physical distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a mask,” IH said, adding the organization is “thankful for the ongoing support of local First Nations Chiefs, elected officials, and community leaders as we support the community together.”

IH will release regular updates on this community cluster on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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