Staff member at Burnaby long-term care home tests positive for COVID -19

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

A notable climb in COVID-19 cases in the province were announced on the eve of a long weekend in the middle of summer. The individual is now in self-isolation at home, while a rapid response team is on-site and communicating with residents and families. Of the total COVID-19 cases, five people are in hospital (no change from July 30), two of whom are in intensive care.

Twenty-four of the new cases are in the Fraser Health region, 12 of the in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, nine are in the Interior Health region, two are in the Northern Health Region, one is on Vancouver Island and two are people from out of country.

The statement says there are now 3,641 COVID-19 cases in B.C. and 3,168 people have recovered.

Dix and Henry also confirmed an outbreak at Dania Home, a long-term care facility in Burnaby.

There are no new community outbreaks.

The ministry says most of the new cases are connected to an ongoing outbreak at a berry packing plant in the Fraser Valley. That said, people are reminded to always wash fruit and vegetables before eating them.

"Let's socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend's boat or enjoying a nearby park".

Numerous new cases have also involved younger people, in their 20s to 40s.

On Friday, the province released a website titled "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", aimed at helping people recreate in a safe manner during the pandemic.

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