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BC COVID-19 curve continues upward trend

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:24 PDT, Tue July 21, 2020

BC’s upward-trending COVID-19 curve is a concern, but can still be turned around. That was the message from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix today.

Many new cases are a result of community transmission from an increase in social interactions this summer, said health officials. They added British Columbians can stop transmission by seeing fewer people, only spending time with people we know, keeping a safe distance from others and using a mask when that is difficult.

Recent community cases have meant that some restaurants, wineries and recreational facilities in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland have been notified of a potential exposure with some employees, or have had employees who are confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Health officials also reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 today, including one epi-linked case. ‘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.

There are a total of 3,328 cases in British Columbia—a data correction from yesterday’s number.

There were no new deaths or healthcare facility outbreaks. In total, one long-term care facility and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

There are several community exposure events and one active community outbreak. Public health teams are actively contact tracing and requesting the assistance of anyone who may have been exposed to monitor themselves closely and follow public health guidance.

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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