COVID-19 transmission in British Columbia’s latest hotspot appears to be slowing down.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) says that based on epidemiological data, Whistler is “reporting decreased community COVID-19 transmission” compared to previous weeks.
Between February 2 and 8, 43 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Whistler as well as an additional 24 older cases that had earlier symptom onset dates. A total of 614 known coronavirus cases have been identified in Whistler since January 1.
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“The majority of cases continue to be among young adults with transmission occurring predominantly in household settings,” says VCH in a statement. “VCH advises Whistler residents to avoid social gatherings, stay home when sick, wash their hands regularly, and maintain physical distance when in public.”
When Health Minister Adrian Dix last addressed the ongoing spike of cases in Whistler, he said that fortunately, only two individuals have required hospitalization and no known deaths had occurred.
Dix also noted that “significant enforcement action” was taking place in the area and that health officials were working with Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.
“I’ve asked our community members to reduce their personal contacts, stay home, and stay local, as the most effective things we can all do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Whistler,” Crompton told Daily Hive in an emailed statement.