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Health authorities: protect vulnerable populations

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:47 PDT, Thu June 18, 2020

Staying home if you feel ill is still the best defence against spreading COVID-19. 

Seniors are most vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19, BC health authorities said today. This is why a number of precautions are in place for long-term care facilities. But these restrictions, in particular the limit on visitors, comes at a high cost for residents and their loved ones.

Every person who enters a facility increases the likelihood for virus to enter with them, regardless of the safety precautions that are taken, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix today.

Restrictions related to vulnerable populations will be eased once safe, they added. 

Whether at work, out shopping or visiting a friend, using all of the layers of protection is the best approach. Maintaining a safe physical distance, using barriers, having clear policies for employees and finally, as a last layer, using a cloth face covering.

Henry and Dix also announced eight new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases today for a total of 2,783 cases in British Columbia.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths and no new health-care facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility.

There were also no new community outbreaks, and the outbreak at Nature’s Touch Frozen Fruits has been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the three remaining community locations.

Of the new cases announced today, one adult is linked to a small, independent school in the Fraser Health region. Public health teams are actively investigating, close contacts have been notified and as a precautionary measure, the school has ceased in-class learning for the balance of the year.

As the new health-care outbreaks demonstrate, COVID-19 can quickly spread, often undetected, resulting in multiple cases in multiple locations.

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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