Revelstoke COVID-19 active cases rises to 25, spike in new positive tests, school exposure

Since Monday, there have been 13 new test-positive cases in Revelstoke, bringing the total number of active cases in the Revelstoke LHA to 25 as of Dec. 23. Revelstoke Secondary School has had a potential exposure on Dec. 15-16.

File photo: Revelstoke's Grizzly Plaza covered in snow in January 2020. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The number of active COVID-19 cases has risen to 25, and there has been a spike in new test positive cases up to Dec. 23, revelstokemountaineer.com can report.

Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 23, there have been 29 new test-positive cases in the Revelstoke LHA, of which a total of 25 remain active as of Dec. 23.

Between Monday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 23, there were 13 new test-positive COVID-19 cases in the Revelstoke LHA, revelstokemountaineer.com has been able to confirm through reliable but not official sources.

On Nov. 22, Interior Health declared a cluster of cases in Revelstoke, reporting a total of 22. Currently, there are three more active cases than that total, but IH has not declared another cluster. Revelstokemountaineer.com has inquired with Interior Health about its policy for declaring clusters in communities.

On Dec. 11, Interior Health declared the Revelstoke cluster “contained” and stopped providing supplemental information on local case counts. At about the same time, provincial health policy changed to include weekly, instead of monthly, LHA positive case test numbers.

However, the weekly update does not provide the number of active cases, just the weekly number of test positive cases attributed to the LHA. On Dec. 11, the day that Interior Health declared the Revelstoke cluster contained, there were 12 active cases, but that number has now increased to 25.

There have been a total of 29 positive test cases in the Revelstoke LHA since Dec. 1, meaning some of the cases have since recovered.

Revelstokemountaineer.com has high confidence in our sources and is providing supplemental information in addition to the statistics provided by official channels in order to make the community aware of the recent increase in positive COVID-19 tests in the community, particularly cases that have arisen since Monday that will not be reported out officially until Dec. 30. However, it is important to note that direct comparisons of new positive test cases and active cases provided in this report differ from official case counts due to possible different methods of recording and tabulating the cases.

Potential exposure at Revelstoke Secondary School

There has been a potential exposure at Revelstoke Secondary School on Dec. 15 and 16. The exposure incident is listed on Interior Health’s school exposure website.

Revelstoke businesses close after reporting exposures

More Revelstoke businesses have closed temporarily after reporting possible exposures, including a restaurant and a spa. This is not a comprehensive list. There may well be more.

BCCDC weekly case count for Revelstoke LHA

On December 23, The BCCDC released its weekly case count numbers for LHAs in B.C., reporting seven new cases in the Revelstoke LHA during the period including Dec. 13 to 19. Although this number differs from information obtained by revelstokemountaineer.com, which was 13 for the period in question, the difference could be made up by cases tested and diagnosed in Revelstoke, but where the patient’s home address is not in the Local Health Area, such as a visitor or seasonal resident with a permanent address elsewhere. There may be other reasons for the difference, as well.

Interior Heath update

There are 49 new cases reported in Interior Health (IH) on Dec. 23. 679 cases active or in isolation, 32 are in hospital, and seven in ICU. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic has risen by one to 18. The latest death was associated with the McKinney Place long term care facility in Oliver.

Provincial statistics update

In its Dec. 23 COVID-19 update news conference, provincial authorities reported there have been 518 new cases, including 14 epi-liked cases for a total of 48,027 cases in B.C. to date. There are 9,137 active cases. 348 people are hospitalized, 80 of whom are in ICU. 9,689 people are being actively monitored in self-isolation. There have been 19 new deaths for a total of 796 COVID-19 related deaths in B.C.

By region, there have been 97 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 332 in Fraser Health, nine on Vancouver Island, 49 in Interior Health, and 31 in Northern Health.

Revelstokemountaineer.com COVID-19 archives

For more on the COVID-19 situation in Revelstoke, see our archives of COVID-19-related stories here.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of revelstokemountaineer.com and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have aaron@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text him at 250-814-8710.