First COVID-19 case diagnosed in Revelstoke

Selkirk Medical Group has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Revelstoke.

Photo: Selkirk Medical Group website

Revelstoke now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. This follows news from earlier today of another case, a visiting heliskier who later tested positive for the virus.

Selkirk Medical Group posted on social media earlier this evening, stating that this case has been reviewed and confirmed by the BC Centre for Disease Control and is unrelated to the Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing case. All isolation protocols were followed in this case and as of now, there is no evidence of transmission to the broader community.

“We would like to encourage and support Revelstokians. This was inevitable. We are choosing at this time to confirm that Revelstoke has our first positive COVID-19 case in community. We’d rather you hear it locally first,” the statement read.

“As a community, we are in this together. We cannot stress the importance of each person’s role in flattening the curve by reducing contact with each other through social distancing and self-isolation.”

Selkirk Medical Group advises the public to self-isolate if they’re concerned about possible exposure and use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool. If the tool directs you to contact a physician, they ask that you call their clinic.

They emphasize that it’s reasonable to expect more COVID-19 cases in Revelstoke and they will be following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health.

Selkirk Medical Group physician and spokesperson Dr. Cam MacLeod spoke on March 15 about the Revelstoke healthcare system’s preparedness for a potential COVID-19 outbreak and shared advice on what residents can do to prevent the spread of the viral disease here.