School exposures

Interior Health (IH) is working in partnership with school districts to support information-sharing when there are COVID-19 exposures at schools. When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, IH public health will work quickly to determine close contacts, and will contact parents/guardians of students who are considered to be at risk. We update the list below…

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A silver lining in the IH renal program

There is no question that COVID-19 has changed the way we do things.  Some of these changes have made life more challenging, but some have led to very positive outcomes. In particular, those receiving kidney treatment through the Kelowna renal program have benefited from a new process of completing vascular surgery patient consultations and pre-surgical…


The latest news on COVID-19

Interior Health updates Check our Public Exposures page for the latest information Aug. 14: COVID-19 Outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre For earlier updates, check out the Interior Health Media Releases page Provincial Health Officer Orders, Notices, and Guidance For the most up to date links, please see the Government of BC page on Orders, Notices…

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Getting creative against COVID-19

Jonathan Green is a recent high-school grad from Kelowna. His mom is also a physician at the Urgent and Primary Care Centre in town. As part of a recent class project he created a video to help spread the word about staying safe and protecting ourselves against COVID-19. "I see my mom going to work…

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UBC medical students support patients in self-isolation

Volunteers offer non-medical follow-up help and advice In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing in the emergency department at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) was primarily reserved for those patients needing hospitalization to treat their disease. Patients diagnosed with mild-disease symptoms were instead directed to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days…

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Staying connected

It is almost impossible to find a person in Canada today who has not been impacted by COVID-19. Every family across the country has been coping with some level of change in routine. One group particularly hard hit by recent changes are people living in long-term care or assisted living homes. In an effort to…

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Alcohol’s steady rise during pandemic

We live in a society that not only normalizes alcohol use, but seems to endorse it. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” after all. Alcohol consumption has been steadily increasing over the years, and according to the University of Victoria alcohol monitoring project, people living in the Interior Health region have the highest rate of alcohol consumption…

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White heart project

A white heart is a symbol commonly used to convey hope, pure thought and steadfast intention. The White Heart Project was created by the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and inspired by a deep appreciation for health-care staff and the tremendous sacrifice they are making. In recent weeks, white hearts have sprung up across hospitals and…

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Double trouble: Dual health crises pose unique challenge

When Harm Reduction Coordinator Lesley Coates received the latest quarterly report on provincial overdose statistics, it confirmed what she and colleagues had been hearing anecdotally from the community for weeks. They had seen a steady, yet slow decline in overdose deaths over the last two years (139 in 2019, compared to 233 in 2018). The…

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