Over two dozen cases added to Big White COVID-19 cluster

Jan 6 2021, 9:02 am

The COVID-19 cluster at Big White has increased by more than two dozen cases.

The outbreak was first declared in mid-December, caused by what health officials describe as transmission from “social activity in homes and accommodations.”

On Tuesday, Interior Health announced an additional 25 coronavirus cases linked to the cluster, bringing the total number of detected cases to date to 136.

Of these cases, 88 of the individuals reside on Big White Mountain. There are 27 active cases that are currently in isolation and 109 people who have recovered.

Interior health stresses that social gatherings must be avoided, and contact must be “limited to immediate household bubbles.”

“The risk remains low for families and individuals visiting Big White Mountain who follow public health guidance,” says the health authority in a statement. “In other words, it is safe to go to Big White when you stick to your immediate household bubble and avoid socializing and gathering.”

In December, Big White Ski Resort announced that some employees had been let go for breaching the daily health protocols currently in place. All employees working in the resort and their offices off-mountain are required to sign a Health Declaration upon starting work.

Community outreach for testing and public health inspections will continue to take place within the resort.