Interior Health is reporting 7 new COVID-19 cases as part of the Fernie community cluster, although there are now just 24 active cases, down from 60 active cases as of Friday, January 29th.

The 7 new cases have pushed the total case count to 98 in the Fernie region since January 1st. Interior Health said the 24 active cases are all isolating.

“Most of the transmission occurred at recent social events and gatherings.”

“Everyone is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.”

MORE: COVID-19 Information (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Interior Health is reminding everyone to follow COVID-19 protocols:

  • Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings
  • Avoid all non-essential travel
    • Stick to your local ski hill and local activities
  • Stay home when you are sick
    • Get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Practise physical distancing and use a mask if you cannot
  • Wash your hands often

Anyone looking for a COVID-19 test in the Elk Valley can book by appointment only through the Sparwood Health Centre. That can be done online or by phoning 1-877-740-7747.

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