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Campers who attended mass gathering in B.C. asked to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms

A map showing the location of Bombi Summit in B.C.'s West Kootenay region. Interior Health says around 150 campers gathered there, Sept. 12-13, but added there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the event.
A map showing the location of Bombi Summit in B.C.'s West Kootenay region. Interior Health says around 150 campers gathered there, Sept. 12-13, but added there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the event. Google Maps

Interior Health is asking campers who attended a recent mass gathering in B.C.’s Southern Interior to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms despite no confirmed cases.

In a press release issued Wednesday morning, the health agency says approximately 150 participants attended a group camping event at Bombi Summit in the West Kootenay region, between Castlegar and Salmo, Sept. 12-13.

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we learn that people have participated in large gatherings, IH urges participants to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and get testing should they develop,” said Interior Health.

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“We know COVID-19 is circulating throughout the Interior Health region. While there was no confirmed case known to be in attendance at the camping event, the possibility of COVID-19 exposure is increased significantly when large groups gather.”

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IH says it is urging people to keep their social bubbles small and to reduce their number of close contacts.

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The health agency also recommended the following:

  • Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Stay home and avoid travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones
  • Maintain physical distancing and use masks when distancing is not possible
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face
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Interior Health also said testing is recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including:

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  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

It added that other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

For more information about Interior Health testing and public exposures, click here.

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