IVY Lounge in Vancouver identified for possible coronavirus exposure

Henrietta Strickland
August 14, 2020

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

This is the latest of several public warnings about coronavirus exposure at downtown restaurants and bars following the BC Day long weekend.

Just as she did ahead of the holiday, Henry urged residents Wednesday to refocus.

"We are watching the cases climb, which is concerning. Keep gatherings small, have a designated 'contact keeper, ' limit time with others, maintain physical distance and always stay home if you're feeling unwell".

Horgan says some of these contact tracers will help support public health in communities and will help prepare for B.C.'s fall immunization plan.

Numerous new hires will be retired nurses and health care professionals, as well as recent health care graduates.

"These new contact tracers will provide an extra layer of protection by jumping into action as soon as there is an outbreak, and will start their detective-style work to find out who may be infected in order to protect all British Columbians".

For COVID-19, contact tracing is "exceedingly important", and calls for more bodies doing the work, especially with cases surging and back-to-school just around the corner. "Public health teams typically have staff, to work on contract tracing for communicable diseases, but during a pandemic, more resources are required".

"Following yesterday's public health news confirming increases cases of COVID-19 within our province, and the cautions about further spread, we recognize our responsibility to support the best interest of our community, and we have chose to once again close Celebrities". So far 196 people have died from the coronavirus in B.C.

That equals a total of 4,196 cases in the province since the pandemic began.

Contact tracing works by following up with each person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to understand who their contacts may be and providing appropriate follow-up.

No new health-care facility or community outbreaks have been reported, but there continue to be community exposure events throughout the province and on a number of flights.

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