COVID-19: B.C. health officials reopening care homes to visitations

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

"Even though our new cases are low, we need to keep it there", the provincial health officer added.

Of the 153 active cases, which are down from 159 reported Friday, 18 are being treated in hospital, with five receiving care in the ICU. "Understanding this we had to move quickly and decisively to protect our most vulnerable citizens", said Dr. Henry.

Over the weekend, officials announced a virus exposure at a Vancouver strip club where three people attending Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge tested positive. "This weighs heavily on us", Henry said.

"No matter what your summer plans entail, where you go or where you're from, be respectful of others by doing your part", Dr. Henry said. "But moving thoughtfully, with care will give us the confidence that we need to move forward".

"This could total as many as 2,040 additional staff dedicated to ensuring infection prevention and control measures for COVID-19 are followed to support safe visitation", he said.

"One slip is all we need to cause a significant rebound and we have seen that happen in jurisdictions around us".

Henry cited an incident at a nightclub in Zurich where almost 300 nightclub patrons and staff were put in quarantine after one reveller tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials in British Columbia announced 26 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths related to the virus on Monday.

That total includes 10 identified cases between Friday and Saturday, 14 from Saturday to Sunday and just two cases between Sunday and Monday.

The U.S. border remains closed to all but essential services, however, flights are still operating between Vancouver and Seattle.

Health Minister Adrian Dix built on Henry's sentiments, adding that "it is absolutely important that screening takes place before people get on planes".

Dix says he would like to hear from federal agencies to allay fears or explain why they've allowed Air Canada and WestJet to end the seat-distancing policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dix said that wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing.

"What I'd like to hear from Transport Canada, and what I'd like to hear from Health Canada, is do they agree with this?"

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