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Keep your distance, health officials say

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:00 PDT, Tue June 16, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions in BC may be easing up, but it’s important to stay cautious.

Indoor gatherings are particularly risky, and physical distancing is paramount.

A family gathering in someone’s home, a nightclub or even a choir practice puts people close together inside for an extended period of time, which significantly increases the risk of transmission. It is easier to maintain a safe physical distance from four people than 40, and faster for public health teams to complete contact tracing when there are only a few people to alert to potential exposure.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced 10 new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases and one new epi-linked case for a total of 2,756 cases in British Columbia.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths, but one new health-care facility outbreak at the Maple Hill long-term care facility at Langley Memorial Hospital in the Fraser Health region. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities continue to have active outbreaks.

There were no new community outbreaks, with public health teams continuing to provide support for the five ongoing community outbreaks.

“Our most effective way to manage COVID-19 in our communities is to work together, to take care of each other and do our part,” said Dix and Henry. 

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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