Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has confirmed at least one case of COVID-19 in Whistler.
According to a statement from the municipality, they were notified on Thursday by VCH about “a group who travelled to Whistler between March 8 and 13 and have since been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.”
“We know this news can cause significant concern among residents and visitors,” the municipality said. “The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is being guided by local, provincial, and federal health authorities and is following all concerns recommended by VCH’s Medical Officer of Health.”
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The municipality does not specify the exact number of confirmed cases within the group of travellers, however. A letter from VCH said that “one or more individuals” were diagnosed adding that “the risk of transmission is low.”
Anyone who was in these areas at the corresponding times may have come in contact with the coronavirus:
- Rendez-vous Chalet, Blackcomb Mountain, on March 9 between 1 to 2 pm and March 10 between 12 to 2 pm
- Dubh Linn Gate Pub on March 10 between 12 and 3 pm
- Escape! Whistler on March 13 between 1:30 to 4 pm
People in Whistler are now being asked to practise social distancing, which includes avoiding non-essential trips into the community, postponing or cancelling gatherings, working from home when possible, and staying at least two metres away from others.
On Thursday afternoon, British Columbia Health Officials announced 40 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the province to 271. It was also announced that another person had died at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, bringing BC’s death count to eight.