Canal Flats mayor Karl Sterzer issued an advisory about a suspected case of COVID-19 in the community.

“On March 8, an event was held at our community centre, with a number of people in attendance. A few days after the event, one person started to feel sick and attended their clinic and self-isolated with what they believed to be the flu. When the symptoms continued to worsen, the family attended the Invermere and District Hospital where they were advised late on March 21 that at least one family member likely has COVID-19 and were told to immediately self-quarantine at home. Because they did not require hospitalization they were not tested,” Sterzer said in the advisory.

“The Village is urging all residents in Canal Flats to follow the social distancing orders from the Provincial medical health officer and, if any symptoms develop, to immediately self-isolate for the recommended 14 days,” he added. “Everyone should be staying home unless they need to be out … I know we will come together as a community to take every measure we can to stop the spread of illness and support one another.”