Health officials warn community transmission affects schools as British Columbia registers 46 new cases

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As the weeks of the school year approach, provincial health administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix stress the importance of keeping community transmission as low as possible.The pair reinforced that message in a written statement on Tuesday announcing 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, but no new deaths.

“As we seek to fall, what we have learned from other jurisdictions is that transmission in schools is a reflection of what is happening in our communities; keeping our community transmission low and slow protects us all, ”they wrote.

“And behind the scenes, public health is using contact tracing to mitigate the further growth of cases. Each case is tracked and linked.

“People exposed to known cases are encouraged to self-isolate, which further reduces the exposure of the community. It works. The number of people we see isolating themselves in recent days reflects the work of public health teams. tracking people in the province to prevent the spread and stop epidemics. ”

The new cases bring the total number of BCs to 4,111. There are 472 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. So far 195 people have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia

There has been no new outbreak in the community or any new outbreak in health care facilities in the region. An outbreak in the Krazy Cherry Fruit company in the domestic health region has been declared over.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,232 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 2,167 in the Fraser Health Region, 148 in the Island Health Region, 393 in the Health Region interior, 100 in the northern health region. .

On Tuesday, British Columbia announced it will move to a gradual restart of schools, with teachers returning to class before students to sort out logistics around provincial guidelines.

Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a warning of new COVID-19 exposures at a downtown Foot Locker and added new dates to previous notifications for bars and restaurants in the city. The possible exposures are believed to be low risk, but he asks those who may have visited the store during this time to watch for symptoms for 14 days and get tested if they feel sick.

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