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COVID-19 cases in schools to be publicly reported

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:35 PDT, Wed September 16, 2020

Beginning today, school exposures to COVID-19 cases in BC will be publicly available online.

The BC Centre for Disease Control website will link to regional health authorities' school notification pages, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools. Fraser Health’s school notification page is available now and the other regional health authorities will have theirs ready soon.

Health authorities also announced 122 new cases in BC today, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 7,498.

There are 1,614 active cases and 2,966 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Additionally, 5,646 people who tested positive are considered to be recovered.

The number of people in hospital dropped slightly to 60, but 23 people are in intensive care—three more than yesterday.

There were no new deaths or healthcare facility outbreaks reported. In total, 11 longterm care or assisted living facilities and three acute care facilities have active outbreaks. There were also no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events.

Health authorities said while large gatherings have been a steady source of COVID-19 transmission, many new cases over the past weeks have happened as a result of small gatherings where people see different groups of friends on different days, inadvertently spreading the virus to many people.

“Let’s not forget that if we are close enough, doing enough and with enough different people, the likelihood of transmitting the virus significantly goes up,” BC health authorities said in a statement. “That is why it is so important to make our social interactions a ‘small and safe six,’ keeping to our immediate households and the same close friends only.”

For a listing of community notifications, including school notifications, 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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