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IH declares COVID-19 outbreak over at West Kelowna Agricultural Business

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 12th, 2020

In a media release Monday, the Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer declared an outbreak of COVID-19 illness has ended at a West Kelowna agricultural business.

Interior Health said the successful conclusion of this outbreak is the result of excellent co-operation and partnership from everyone involved, including Bylands Nurseries Ltd. and the workers who were quarantined in on-site housing until the virus was eliminated.

Interior Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Silvina Mema says the hard work and commitment of the nursery workers and owners, as well as IH’s infection control and environmental health experts, were critical to the containment and conclusion of this outbreak.

IH thanks everyone, including the public, for their support of the efforts that went into stopping the spread of the virus.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also thanked West Kelowna for supporting both the family and the temporary foreign workers.

“I know the community rallied together and brought food and other necessities to people in self-isolation,” said Dr. Henry. “That’s what we do in B.C., to support our neighbours and help keep our communities safe and healthy.”

Interior Health said the outbreak was declared on March 28 and ended on May 11.

None of the workers were in roles that interacted with customers and members of this group had very minimal contact in the community. 

Bylands Nurseries carried out enhanced cleaning of all nursery, housing, sanitary and other facilities accessed by employees. The business is ready to resume full operations, in compliance with the measures laid out for all businesses by the B.C. provincial health officer.

The BCCDC website is the recommended resource for accurate, current COVID-19 information for British Columbians. The site is being updated frequently and individuals are encouraged to check back often.

Interior Health also has frequently updated information on the COVID-19 page on the Interior Health website.

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