Illness numbers grow in Interior Health

GI and RI illnesses reported in Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, Penticton and Castlegar

A gastrointestinal outbreak in Vernon continues to spread.

Interior Health reports the outbreak is at Vernon Jubilee Hospital as well as The Hamlets (a retirement home on 29th Avenue)

A respiratory infection has also been listed at facilities throughout the Okanagan.

Vernon’s Noric House is among those with reported RI. Others are Lake Country Lodge, Orchard Manor in Kelowna, Westview Place in Penticton and Talarico Place in Castlegar.

The first RI case was reported in Penticton on Dec. 12, while the first GI case was reported at VJH Dec. 11.

“In order for an outbreak to be declared over, there must be no new case declared for 96 hours,” said Richard Harding, Interior Health’s acute health services administrator.

“Frequent hand-washing is the best tool to fight the spread of illness,” said Harding.

See related: Outbreak affects eight people in Vernon



jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Four exhibits on display at Penticton Art Gallery

Indigenous art and art inspired by the pandemic are on display until Nov. 7

Penticton piano silenced by vandals

The piano has been thrown away but the bench salvaged and at Long Gallery

Two new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region is at 533

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm have died of illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Penticton man accused of attacking two young Kaleden boys back in court

Brian Lamb will remain behind bars until at least Oct. 14

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Documentary to celebrate the Shuswap’s music scene

Local initiative to feature several of the region’s artists

Guns seized in relation to southeast Kelowna murder investigation

RCMP seized several firearms from a West Kelowna home on Tuesday

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Revelstoke source of clue on Jeopardy

The prompt challenged knowledge of both art and wildlife in the area

Most Read