Interview: Interior Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sue Pollock on what the regional COVID-19 spike means for Revelstoke

Our interview with Dr. Sue Pollock, Interim Chief Medical Health Officer for Interior Health, about a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, and what that means for Revelstoke residents.

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Dr. Sue Pollock, Interim Chief Medical Health Officer for Interior Health. Image: Interior Health

A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in July in Interior Health has brought the virus transmission prevention part of the overall pandemic story to the fore once again. We reached out to Dr. Sue Pollock, the Interim Chief Medical Health Officer for Interior Health, to talk about what’s been happening in the region and what the spike in cases means for Revelstoke.

In this audio interview, we discussed:

-the current focus of public health messaging, including on large unregulated gatherings and younger demographics

-what the busy summer tourism season means for COVID-19 and Revelstoke

-a new IH webpage that publishes information on large COVID-19 exposure events, and what that means for Revelstoke

-reasons why public health authorities are not sharing real-time data on COVID-19 cases in individual rural communities

This graphic by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows new cases of COVID-19 reported to Interior Health by the day, highlighting a significant spike in the past week and beyond. Image: BCCDC

-how community members can handle misinformation and disinformation

-what residents can do as individuals to help prevent transmission

-COVID-19 in the context of our rural mountain town

-what the health authorities’ actual contact tracing and outbreak response abilities are in small communities like Revelstoke