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New COVID-19 community exposure event announced

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:19 PDT, Tue July 7, 2020

BC health authorities have announced a new community exposure event at Hotel Belmont bar and nightclub. Anyone who may have been at the premises on June 27 and 29 should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, limit contact with others and contact 811 to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.

“It is important to remember that the more people you see and the more places you go, the higher the likelihood is that you’ll come into contact with someone with COVID-19,” health authorities said in a statement.

The best ways to protect yourself are to keep the number of people you see to a minimum and, as much as possible, maintain a safe distance from others. Use a mask when that is challenging.

These rules for safe social interactions also support important contact tracing efforts, allowing public health teams to quickly identify those who may be at risk, put additional precautions in place and contain further transmission. 

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also announced 12 new cases, including one epidemiologically (epi) linked case in their statement today, for a total of 2,990 cases in British Columbia. 

‘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. In future reports, new tested and epi-linked cases will be included as one number.

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths, healthcare facility outbreaks or community outbreaks.

The outbreak at Tabor Home has now been declared over, with active outbreaks continuing at two long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility.

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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