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New COVID-19 outbreak in Richmond care home

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:47 PDT, Thu August 6, 2020

Richmond Lions Manor is one of two new healthcare outbreaks announced by BC health officials today.

A single staff member has tested positive there. A similar outbreak was announced at the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre in Vancouver, also with one staff member affected.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced 47 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today, for a total of 3,881. One of the new cases is epi-linked, meaning 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 were no new deaths. Eleven people are in hospital, with five of those in critical care or ICU.

While there are no new community outbreaks, there continue to be community exposure events. There were 10 cases on a US-registered marine vessel, and another announced exposure at Lions Bay Beach Park daily (with the exception of July 28) from July 26 to 31.

Additionally, more than 1,500 people all over the province are self-isolating because they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive. 

“The challenges we have all faced because of COVID-19 are daunting,” said Henry. 

She added the new case count is “higher than she would like to see.” But the fact that transmission events are able to be tracked is a positive factor.

Henry also addressed students returning to school. She said while many parents are uncertain about a return to school, it is essential for children to be back in the classroom. Health authorities are taking measures to reduce the risk of transmission in school settings, she added.

And to people who continue to hold large private parties, Health Minister Adrian Dix had a clear message: “That’s enough now.”

For a listing of community exposure events, 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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