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Whistler recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases last week

VCH says reported cases continue to be identified among young adults, with households being the most common transmission site
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Whistler became B.C.'s COVID-19 hotspot in January, after logging 547 cases between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2. The rate of transmission is now showing signs of slowing, says Vancouver Coastal Health.

Whistler's COVID-19 transmission continues to slow, with 18 new cases recorded between Feb. 22 and 28, reported Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). 

In a March 4 information bulletin, the health authority said "reported cases continue to be identified among young adults who live in the Whistler community. The most common location for transmission continues to be in household settings.

"VCH advises all Whistler residents and visitors to avoid social gatherings with those outside of their immediate bubbles, to stay home while sick, to wash their hands regularly, and to maintain physical distance when in public," it went on. "All Public Health guidelines should continue to be followed by those who have previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19." 

Last week's update said Whistler had identified 26 new cases between Feb. 16 and 21, 56 cases the week prior, and 43 the week before that. 

The resort has recorded 720 cases since Jan. 1, of which 699 have recovered. 

Meanwhile, the Howe Sound health region comprising Whistler recorded 29 new COVID-19 cases between Feb. 21 and 27, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control. 

Including Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish, Lions Bay, and parts of the southern Stl'atl'imx Nation, the health region has tallied 1,406 lab-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. 

Health officials announced 564 newly confirmed cases across B.C. today, and said they are monitoring 4,743 active infections—the highest number since Jan. 13. Another 8.669 are being monitored for symptoms because they have had known exposure to infected individuals, the highest number since Jan. 8. 

Vaccinations are set to begin in Whistler and Squamish on March 15, for seniors aged 80 and up and Indigenous people aged 65 and up. VCH has yet to announce the specific location of the immunization sites. Immunization appointments can be booked by calling 1-877-587-5767, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, starting March 8. 

Anyone with COVID-like symptoms should complete B.C.’s self-assessment tool and access testing, if required, by calling Whistler’s dedicated COVID clinic line at 604-966-1428, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.