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COVID-19 – First confirmed case of coronavirus identified in Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks Health Centre.

The Sun Peaks Resort Municipality today announced that a case of COVID-19 has been identified in the resort. Here is the news release:

Sun Peaks, B.C. – Sadly, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) must inform all residents and employees of its first confirmed individual case of COVID-19. The individual is in self-isolation and was confirmed positive. Sun Peaks also has presumptive cases of those exhibiting symptoms and more than likely, we also have others who have the COVID-19 virus who are only mildly sick.

In response to the pandemic, Sun Peaks Emergency Operations Centre was activated at the lowest level on March 11 and includes representatives from SPMRM, Sun Peaks Fire Rescue, Sun Peaks Health Centre, Sun Peaks Resort LLP, and Tourism Sun Peaks, who are working together in a concentrated effort. Residents are advised all communication from this organization will be distributed primarily through the municipality’s communication channels.

SPMRM reminds all residents to be alert and to keep a distance of at least six feet from other people at all times. Wash your hands regularly and don’t touch your face. Be part of the solution, don’t be part of the problem.

“Please take this notice seriously as you must social distance yourself at all times,” said Mayor Al Raine. “This virus can spread easily through close contact before symptoms are evident. Therefore, these rules are mandatory for everyone to follow even if you feel entirely well.

“To the seasonal employees, many of you will be returning home soon and who will be the first person to hug and greet you upon your arrival, your parents and grandparents?  Don’t risk their health or lose them to this disease, remember that you have a responsibility not to transmit this virus.”

Medical practitioners in Sun Peaks have been shocked at the number of people still gathering in social situations, including seniors who are the most likely to die from this virus. We ask you to stop this behaviour immediately.

If you are experiencing any symptoms such as a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath, please phone the Sun Peaks Health Centre, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 778-644-0635. A healthcare provider will telephone you and provide advice.

It is important to stay at home and isolate yourself and call the clinic if symptoms worsen. DO NOT GO TO THE HEALTH CENTRE OR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID 19 VIRUS SYMPTOMS. At the moment the Interior Health Authority is setting up a Respiratory Clinic in Kamloops to help screen people who have respiratory illness. We will notify you as soon as this service is up and running.

It is natural to feel somewhat stressed by this rapidly changing situation. If you find this unprecedented and evolving crisis overwhelming, please talk to our clinic and they can put you in contact with someone who can assist you. Keep in communications with friends and family via telephone and emails to let people know how you are feeling.

We want to see you all out on the slopes next year, so be smart, be cool, and avoid this virus. Take care and be vigilant and follow our new rules to stay healthy.

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1 Comment on COVID-19 – First confirmed case of coronavirus identified in Sun Peaks

  1. Mike Mitchell // March 22, 2020 at 10:58 AM // Reply

    Mel, this article is a little ambiguous. SP website kept saying the resort was safe well after March 11. Did the resident go into isolation on 11 or was that when the committee met. The article is causing a lot of panic among seniors who go to SP. I love your segment on the news.

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