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BC’s COVID-19 cases top 3,000

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:34 PDT, Wed July 8, 2020

Last Updated: 3:36 PDT, Wed July 8, 2020

BC health authorities announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the province’s total to 3,008.

There were also three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, announced provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

But there were no new healthcare facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Tabor Home has been declared over, with active outbreaks continuing at two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility.

Health officials also confirmed a community exposure event at the No. 5 Orange nightclub in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Public health teams have issued an alert for anyone who may have been at the premises on July 1.

If you have been at a location with a community exposure event, monitor yourself for symptoms, limit your contact with others and contact 811 to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop. Successful contact tracing to contain the spread of COVID-19 requires everyone’s involvement.

Public alerts and the temporary closure of businesses are some of the ways public heath teams are working to effectively manage COVID-19 in our communities. To support contact tracing activities, people should complete their own personal risk assessment when deciding where to go and who to see.

Fewer faces, bigger spaces is the safest approach, because crowded, closed spaces where people may be in close contact with each other are higher-risk environments and need to be avoided at this time.

As we have seen in many other locations around the world, one slip can quickly cause a surge in new cases. We have also seen in BC that our foundational rules for safe social interactions help to protect all of us.

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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