Dr. Bonnie Henry Expresses Concern About Exposure to COVID-19 at the Vancouver Strip Club

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said news of exposure to COVID-19 at the Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge should be a reminder that British Columbians must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease.”This is a team effort that we must pursue together in British Columbia,” said Henry. “One swipe is all it takes. “

At Monday’s daily briefing, Henry said that 26 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia. since Friday, but no other deaths have been reported.

Henry urged Brandi’s clients to watch for symptoms of the new coronavirus if they visited downtown Vancouver’s strip club on the nights of May 21, 22, 23 and 24. To date, three people have been tested positive in relation to exposure to the virus at Brandi’s on these dates.

She said that although there is no evidence so far that the strip club epidemic led to community transmission, it should serve as a public warning, indicating a recent salon-related epidemic manicure in Ontario that has resulted in at least 27 infections.

To date, 2,904 people have been diagnosed with the disease and 174 have died. As of Monday, there were 153 active cases of the virus in British Columbia, including 18 in hospital, including five in intensive care.

There are currently five active outbreaks in long-term care homes and one in an acute care unit of a hospital.

Holidays are not holidays from COVID-19 measurements

The province is now in phase 3 of its restart plan. This means more travel opportunities and a revival of the film and television industries. However, it is recommended that social interactions remain small and intimate.

Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix both pointed out that anyone traveling to British Columbia or even other provinces should remember to take measures such as physical distance, hand washing and homecare in case of illness.

“Physical distance must be our closest companion,” said Dix.

Henry said that anyone traveling by air should wear a mask whenever possible and answer all screening questions sincerely.

Dix also said he was concerned about reports that Air Canada and West Jet are abandoning seat distancing policies starting on Wednesday, and would like to know from Transport Canada if the federal government is comfortable with the change .

Large gatherings over 50 years old continue to be limited.

Globally, there are now more than 10 million cases of COVID-19.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Head of the World Health Organization, said Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is “not even close to over” and that the epidemic continues to accelerate worldwide .

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