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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Former North Bend Councilmember Exposed to COVID-19; Shares Advice for Community

Councilman Trevor Kostansich

In early March, North Bend resident and former Councilmember, Trevor Kostanich along with 11 others flew by helicopter into a remote area of British Columbia’s mountains to ski and snowboard. Two days after the week-long trip, Kostanich received a call that one of the women from their group had tested positive for COVID-19.

He said he began showing symptoms a week later in the form of fatigue, congestion and body aches but had no fever or respiratory issues.

“If this group member hadn’t informed us she tested positive with COVID-19, the rest of us might have ignored possible symptoms and may have assumed they were just part of a common cold,” Kostanich said. “Her fast action enabled us all to self-quarantine immediately and inform anyone we had contact with to prevent further transmission.”

So far, three members of the group have tested positive and two others are awaiting results. Nine of the 12 group members have shown symptoms typical of COVID-19 in the form of fatigue, fever, body aches and coughing.

Kostanich has not yet been tested for COVID-19 and is still deciding with his doctor whether he should be tested.

“I’m talking to my doctor to determine if I should be tested since my symptoms are so mild,” he said. “I’m unsure about the availability of testing resources in the healthcare industry and don’t want to take tests away from those in more need,” he said.

Even though Kostanich and most in his group have not been confirmed with COVID-19, their story is a good reminder of how easily and quickly a virus such as this can spread from one person to another. The average age of the group was mid 40s and they were all fit, active and otherwise healthy, proving that the illness does not only affect high-risk groups or any specific age group.

“My advice to our community is to respect the stay at home initiative and understand that this virus spreads quickly through people of all ages and that people experience symptoms differently,” he said. “Some people show mild symptoms, some show none even though they are carrying the virus while others’ symptoms are much more serious.”

He added that the current confirmed cases are likely much higher than reported. “Please do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home and staying safe.”

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