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Two new healthcare outbreaks show continued risk

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:51 PDT, Wed June 17, 2020

Two new healthcare facility outbreaks in BC show that COVID-19 remains in our communities, BC health authorities said today.

The new outbreaks are at Mission Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home in Abbotsford. Public health teams are working to contain further spread and are hopeful that they have caught these new outbreaks in the early stages.

One undetected case can quickly result in a surge in new cases, said Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. 

“As we expect increased travel within our province over the summer months, this is a reminder that the impact on small communities with limited healthcare resources can be severe,” they said. “Closed spaces, close contact and crowds are higher risk, so anything that involves these things needs to be done with caution. This includes taking precautions to protect yourself and those around you by maintaining a safe physical distance and using a cloth face covering, if that is difficult.”

Henry and Dix also announced 19 new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases for a total of 2,775 cases in British Columbia.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths and no new community outbreaks. The outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group produce distributor has now been declared over, and public health teams continue to provide support for four ongoing community outbreaks.

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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