Province to hire hundreds of contact tracers across B.C.

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2020

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.

Somewhere else, there have been 394 instances in Interior Wellbeing, 150 in Island Health and fitness, 104 in Northern Wellness and 72 between people today who reside exterior of Canada.

There were no new deaths to announce Thursday, but 196 people have died from the coronavirus in B.C.

Dr. Henry pointed out the number of younger people, in their 20s and 30s, with COVID-19 is growing significantly.

Currently, there are 578 active cases of coronavirus in the province.

Numerous new hires will be retired nurses and health care professionals, as well as recent health care graduates. In total, seven long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

Health Minister Adrian Dix added that strong contact tracing has proven to be "absolutely crucial when dealing with community outbreaks as we slowly and safely increase our contacts".

All three are staff members, and the facility is being monitored by healthcare workers, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today, August 13, during a COVID-19 update.

"Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's website, as well as on health authorities' websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take - whether you need to immediately self-isolate or monitor for symptoms".

"The pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for our province", said a release from the provincial government. "The instances we are observing now reflect exposures from a 7 days to 10 days ago".

This will allow health authorities to increase their local pool of available public health professionals, while also providing a team of people that are available to be deployed throughout the province as needed.

"We need to refocus on measures to flatten the curve of an infection and safeguard British Columbians as we assist our province get better", the pair mentioned.

Horgan says the new contact tracing positions will be temporary and recruited through the province's health authorities.

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.

"We must all keep working together to protect people's health, homes and livelihoods, and to get our province back on track".

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