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Health officials: learn from Canada Day risks

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:22 PDT, Thu July 30, 2020

BC health officials said BC Day long weekend is a chance to celebrate safely—and learn from the risky behaviour on Canada Day that led to a surge in cases.

“Much of the surge (in new cases) can be connected to Canada Day activities in the Okanagan,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “When our groups are too big, and we have people from outside our household bubble, they are bringing their risks with them.”

This weekend, she encouraged people to keep groups small and practice physical distancing with people not in your bubble.

“Let’s make this long weekend a different one than what we saw in early July,” Henry said.

Henry also announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in BC today for a provincial total of 3,591.

There were no new deaths, healthcare facility outbreaks or community outbreaks. Two active healthcare facility outbreaks remain, one at a longterm care facility and one at an acute care facility.

There are now 59 cases associated with the Fraser Valley Packers outbreak in Abbotsford, but no new cases reported from the outbreak on Haida Gwaii.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the number of people hospitalized and in ICU—five and two respectively—is the lowest since months ago when the case count increased drastically.

For a listing of the community exposure events, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control:
For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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