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COVID-19 screening now to be federally-implemented

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:39 PDT, Fri June 19, 2020

COVID-19 border screening measures will be implemented nationwide as of this weekend.

Previously, all British Columbians returning from international destinations were screened and asked about their mandatory self-isolation plans. Similar procedures have since been implemented, so provincially-led border check points will end this weekend while federal measures will continue.

“BC continues to be a North American leader in the fight against COVID-19, and much credit goes to the hundreds of BC public service employees who raised their hands to make sure those arriving home do so safely—both for themselves and for all of us working to keep COVID-19 at bay,” said Premier John Horgan. “The work to put these processes in place in such a short amount of time has been extraordinary, and this would not have been possible if it weren’t for the co-operation and collaboration of the federal government, the Vancouver Airport Authority and our network of public safety partners.”

Anyone arriving in Canada must now document their self-isolation plans, for example through the ArriveCan app. The federal government will continue to ensure those arriving in BC with or without symptoms are self-isolating for 14 days, per the federal Quarantine Act.

From April 10 to June 15, the province processed more than 72,400 passengers arriving at the Vancouver Airport or at 17 land border crossings into BC. More than 26,100 successful follow-up calls have been completed to check in on progress with those self-isolating. Since provincial screening began, the province has housed a total of 142 people for a two-week quarantine period, or until their self-isolation plan was deemed adequate.

Provincial screening measures will continue for temporary foreign workers arriving in BC for seasonal farm work. These workers are required to self-isolate in government-funded accommodations near the airport for 14 days prior to being transported to farms throughout BC. During their self-isolation period, they are screened for symptoms, and Service BC conducts check-in calls with each worker during their stay.

All temporary foreign workers are screened by health professionals prior to leaving self-isolation to go to worksites. Once on the farms, workers continue to self-monitor and are monitored for symptoms by their employer.

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