Since January there have been three Revelstoke residents who tested positive for COVID-19.
The BC Centre for Disease Control released COVID-19 statistics by Local Health Authority for the first time today. Cases are sorted by location of the residence of the person, so travellers who had confirmed cases are not counted in Revelstoke’s totals.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are now enough cases that privacy is no longer a concern.
She also warned that not all people with COVID-19 were tested and that it could be spreading in the community even in areas where there are no official confirmed cases.
Tests were not widely available to anyone with any cold or flu symptom until April 27, prior to that they were only available to those who:
- had a new cough/cold/fever symptoms, even mild
- travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
- had known contact with a proven or probable C-19 case
A testing site opened in Revelstoke on March 20.
One woman, who spoke to the Revelstoke Review anonymously in April, said she never tested for COVID-19 but a public health nurse on the call line told her she had it.
The Selkirk Medical Centre confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the community on March 17.
In May, Michelle Hunter, a Revelstoke resident, was diagnosed with COVID-19 days before giving birth.
There were several alleged cases of COVID-19 reported by former guests to heliski companies in the area in March, including Mica Heliskiing, Selkirk Tangiers, Eagle Pass and CMH.
The Surrey Local Health Authority has the most positive cases in the province at 521. The nearest locations to Revelstoke with an amount higher than 20 is the Central Okanagan, which would include Kelowna, at 209 and Vernon at 21.