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Health authorities: new community outbreak on Haida Gwaii

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:34 PDT, Fri July 24, 2020

A new community outbreak on Haida Gwaii was part of BC health authorities’ update today. There are also additional community exposure events throughout the province, including at Fossello’s clothing store in Kelowna.

Anyone who might have been exposed through community exposure events should monitor closely for symptoms, minimize time spent with others and get tested promptly if symptoms arise, health authorities said.

BC health authorities have released the amended order for restaurants, nightclubs and bars, and anticipate a new order in the coming days to limit the number of people who can stay at and visit short-term rental accommodations, including houseboats. The number of people will be determined by the size of the space to ensure safe social interactions for all.

Assessing risks is key to keeping each other safe, said health authorities. Before spending time with others, ask yourself the following questions:

• Can you keep a safe distance from others?

• Are you giving people the space to stay safe?

• Are you spending a short time together?

• Are you outside?

• Are the people you are with in your bubble?

Health authorities also reported 27 new cases, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 3,419 cases in BC. ‘Epi-linked’ means that public health investigations have shown that cases meet the case definition for COVID-19 but may not have been tested for a number of reasons.

One more person has died of reasons related to the virus, for a total of 191 deaths in British Columbia. There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks, but active outbreaks continue at one longterm care facility and two acute-care facilities.

For a listing of the community exposure events, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (flights, work sites, etc.).

To learn more about the amended order for nightclubs and bars, click here.

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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