The City of Williams Lake confirmed Friday, Sept. 4, that one of the employees at Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex tested positive for COVID-19. Williams Lake Tribune)

City of Williams Lake rec complex employee tests positive for COVID-19

The employee was quarantined on Aug. 20 and will not return to work without a negative test

The City of Williams Lake says a recent positive COVID-19 test from one of its employees at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex proves the importance of heightened safety protocols and procedures.

City director of community services Ian James noted in a press release the employer and employee took immediate action as soon as the employee discovered they had been in close contact with someone that had symptoms and had tested positive for COVID-19.

James told the Tribune the employee tested positive on Aug. 24. The employee’s partner had been out of town in Vancouver and returned home and wasn’t feeling very good and had symptoms.

“They contacted Interior Health around the 19th of August and then were both quarantined,” James said. “After spending a few days with the partner, the employee tested positive.”

Read more: B.C. records 121 new COVID-19 cases, another death ahead of long weekend

James said although no symptoms were present, the employee was immediately quarantined on Aug. 20 and will not return to work until they are fully recovered.

“Through effective tracing methods and timelines, Interior Health and the City were able to confirm that it had not spread to other staff members and there were no other contacts that would need to be notified from the public,” he said.

When asked why the public wasn’t notified until Sept. 4, James said the Interior Health Authority was leading the process.

“After they had done their thing, we pulled together as a City safety committee and made our news release,” James said.

James noted this is a clear example of why safety measures are so important during this trying and unprecedented time and that the City’s physical distancing and cleaning protocols were effective in containing the exposure to a single employee.

“We ask that the public also continues to follow the City’s safety protocols when visiting our facilities to limit the risk of transmission,” he said. “We need to do our best to keep our employees and the public as protected as we can.”

James said the public is asked to please continue to practice physical distancing, cleaning, and handwashing, and stay home when ill, as these efforts are crucial in keeping everyone safe.

“I think this is the best case scenario as the employee wasn’t here having contact with all sorts of people, but did all the right things by staying home and calling it in. Interior Health was involved right away,” James said.

Read more: Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex prepares to re-open June 29

This is the first locally publicized case of COVID-19 in Williams Lake since the beginning of the pandemic. Last month Dr. Bonnie Henry released a map of COVID cases which revealed there has already been three confirmed cases in the Cariboo Chilcotin, but no further information. Barkerville Gold Mines announced in August a worker at its mining camp in Wells tested positive for COVID-19.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: West Quesnel apartment building tenant thanks everyone who helped after fire

Scott Jones is one of the tenants who was evacuated after a Sept. 12 fire

Northern Development launches new community development programs

The new programs are part of the launch of Trust 2020

Quesnel Lions Club’s fundraising takes pandemic hit

Club president Brent Oxenbury says their annual fundraising draw sales are drastically down in 2020

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

BC VOTES 2020: Voter registration closes Saturday, Sept. 26

Voters can still register or update their information when they vote, but it will take longer

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read