COVID-19 outbreak among foreign workers declared over at Bylands Nurseries

Health officials on Monday declared an outbreak of COVID-19 was over among temporary foreign workers at a nursery in West Kelowna, B.C.

Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer with the Interior Health Authority, said the 23 workers at Bylands Nurseries who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have recovered and the business can now fully reopen.

The outbreak was declared on March 28 after two workers were confirmed to have contracted the virus, prompting widespread testing at the worksite.

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“The source of this outbreak is unclear. We believe that some workers who came into Canada later in March may have been incubating the disease when they came in,” Mema told a news conference.

None of the workers interacted with customers, Interior Health said, and members of the group had very minimal contact in the community.

No community cases in West Kelowna were linked to the outbreak at Bylands Nurseries, Mema said.

In mid-April, the B.C. government announced it would oversee and fund the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for temporary foreign workers arriving in the province, such as providing them with a motel room.

A few weeks later, the province revealed that four foreign workers who were under mandatory isolation had tested positive.

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