The COVID-19 outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) has been declared over by Interior Health (IH). (Phil McLachlan - Western News file)

COVID-19 outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre declared over

Seven staff tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in Oliver has been declared over by Interior Health (IH).

IH announced the end of the outbreak Monday (Sept. 14) morning.

This comes after seven staff tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. IH says no one in custody contracted the virus.

According to the health authority, transmission may have occurred during a training exercise. That being said, IH says the exact source remains inconclusive.

READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre, involves 3 staff

READ MORE: Okanagan Correctional Centre outbreak due to training session: Interior Health

Those who contracted the virus were isolated at home. Through contract tracing, approximately 80 others were ordered into self-isolation.

The health authority commended the OCC’s staff and administrators for having infection control precautions in place to prevent the transmission of the virus among people in custody, and in the community.

“Thanks to efficient contact tracing and proactive engagement with Interior Health’s medical health officers, this outbreak is an example of how these challenging circumstances can be managed when partners work well together,” said Susan Brown, Interior Health president and CEO.

Interior Health reminded everyone that COVID-19 is circulating throughout our communities and we should all follow public health precautions to protect one another by preventing the spread.

IH reminded the public about the importance of following COVID-19 safety precautions:

  • Stay home and avoid travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones.
  • Maintain physical distancing (two metres apart) and use masks when distancing is not possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face.
  • Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings to out of doors whenever possible.

IH also recommends that anyone experiencing the following symptoms be tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

Information about testing and public exposures to COVID-19 throughout the Interior Health region are available on IH’s website.

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Penticton fire crews knock down landfill fire after overnight battle

READ MORE: VIDEO: Large CN Rail train derailment sends 20 cars off the track near Hope

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers

Warriors edge Snakes 2-1 as Okanagan Cup BCHL exhibition tournament begins

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Public input sharpens vision of Oyama Ithmus Park

Proposed project to shape the long-term future of waterfront land in Lake Country

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Calvary Chapel Kelowna

Attendees of the Sept. 13 morning church service may have been exposed, Interior Health says

West Kelowna Warriors top Vernon Vipers in return to action

The Warriors earned a 4-1 win to kick off Okanagan Cup tournament

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Parks Canada not responsible for Mount Kobau blockade

Nearby residents have been vocal about plans to turn the area into a national park

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Most Read