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Contact tracing key to preventing transmission

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:41 PDT, Tue August 11, 2020

As BC anticipates reopening schools in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial health authorities are emphasizing the importance of contact tracing.

Other jurisdictions have shown that transmission in a school setting is a reflection of what’s happening in communities, health authorities said today. Every case is followed up and linked, and people who are at risk from exposure to known cases are supported to self-isolate, reducing further community exposure. 

The number of people currently self-isolating from the past few days reflects the work that public health teams are doing tracing people around the province to prevent the spread and stop outbreaks. This kind of tracing is key to keeping the transmission of the virus low and slow in BC, said health authorities.

They also announced 46 new cases today for a total of 4,111 in BC. Of those, 472 are active cases.

Eight people are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. There have been no new virus-related deaths.

In addition, there were no new healthcare facility outbreaks in the region. In total, seven longterm care or assisted living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

There were also no new community outbreaks. The Krazy Cherry Fruit. Co. outbreak in the Interior Health region has been declared over. However, there continue to be community exposure events, including ones in Vancouver Coastal Health and Interior Health as well as on flights into and out of BC.

Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website, as well as on health authority websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions you need to take—whether you need to immediately self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.

For a listing of community exposure events, click here (EMBED LINK: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures).

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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