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Health officials: keep COVID-19 low and slow

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:51 PDT, Tue June 16, 2020

BC health officials Monday stressed the importance of keeping the COVID-19 outbreak low and slow in the absence of a treatment or vaccine.

Although some restrictions being slowly and safely eased, others are being kept in place to contain further spread. The virus will be in our communities for a long time to come, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

When left unmonitored, a small cluster of cases can surge into “multiple super-spreading events,” said Dix and Henry. 

They also announced 36 new cases since Friday for a total of 2,745 in BC. There were no new deaths and no new healthcare facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at four long-term care or assisted-living facilities.

There were also no new community outbreaks and the outbreak associated with the Kearl Lake industrial site in Alberta has also been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the five ongoing community outbreaks.

“We can see a small number of friends, we can travel within BC, and we can protect our communities. To do this, we must continue to stand together and support each other as we move forward.” 

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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