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Then on Jan. 8 this year, Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz posted a video address to residents and visitors, noting that cases in the region were rising again and stressed the need to follow provincial recommendations regarding social gatherings and non-essential travel.
COVID-19 cases at ski resorts have typically been concentrated among people in their 20s and 30s who live, work and socialize together, and public health authorities have stressed that risks are low for visitors to ski resorts who follow public health guidance, stick to household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
Contact-tracing in Whistler showed that very little transmission was linked to the ski hills at Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. As is the case in outbreaks at other resorts, almost all of the recent cases at Whistler were among young people and connected to shared living spaces and social gatherings, according to a news release from Vancouver Coastal Health.
So far there have only been two hospitalizations related to the current outbreak in Whistler and no deaths have been reported.
“The municipalities are doing a very good job, particularly Whistler, in engaging with this,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
At a news conference on Friday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said day trips to go skiing in Whistler weren’t a problem.
“We know that’s not a risk,” she said. “It’s the befores and the afters, and the parties and the getting-together and the social gatherings. Those have never been acceptable and that is where we’re seeing transmission happening.”
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