COVID-19: Health officials warn of exposure at Wreck Beach party

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Health officials have issued a warning about potential exposure to the novel coronavirus at Wreck Beach in Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal says anyone who spent time at the clothing optional beach along Southwest Marine Drive on August 15 should watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

People with symptoms related to COVID-19, including fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and / or diarrhea, are urged to call their family doctor or the doctor. 811, to get tested and then to isolate himself.

A party had been announced that day to encourage people to leave their masks at home. Photos posted on social media showed hundreds of people gathered in a crowd.

The province has seen a massive increase in COVID-19 cases, with health officials announcing 124 new cases on Friday, the highest number of cases in a day since the start of the pandemic.

That’s almost double the new cases announced Thursday and broke the one-day record of 109, set just a week ago.

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