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BC health authorities release new modelling data

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:43 PDT, Wed June 24, 2020

British Columbians must continue to follow rules for safe social interactions, according to new modelling data released yesterday by health authorities. 

Social interactions have been increased to around 65 per cent while keeping new cases of COVID-19 low. But until there is an effective treatment or vaccine, rules for safe social interactions must be maintained to stay at a manageable level.

“The modelling tells us that if we go too far, we risk a rapid rebound in BC, something many others are now experiencing,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Stay home when ill, practice good handwashing hygiene, maintain a safe physical distance and use barriers and a non-medical mask if that is challenging. 

Contact tracing has also been an important tool, but it is a team effort that requires commitment. People must keep their bubbles small and know everyone they are with at all times, so public health teams can notify everyone who may be at risk and contain the spread as quickly as possible.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also announced 13 new cases for a total of 2,835 in British Columbia. One more person has died of reasons related to COVID-19.

There were 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. Public health teams continue to provide support for the three remaining community locations.

The latest modelling presentation and information is available online: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/modelling-projections

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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