According to an infographic recently released by Fraser Health, based on real case data, this one person triggered the spread of the virus to 67 people in two group fitness studios and six school exhibitions.
37 other people in the region have also tested positive for the respiratory disease, linked to further spread by gym goers.
The same person has also been linked by contact tracing to four infections in a correctional facility, caused by one of 67 cases of transmission.
Around 260 people have had to self-isolate due to contact with a positive test case, unable to attend school or work.
Fitness studios are one of the many types of facilities that face continued restrictions in the province.
Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said the closures and restrictions are based on data collected on positive test cases and outbreaks, just like what happened in the example of fitness studio.
“You will recall that last summer we saw a lot of case referrals from people going to nightclubs and some bars. So we first worked with the industry to put in additional security measures and we continued to observe the transmission, so we closed these facilities, ”Henry explained at a press conference.
In contrast, protocols implemented at spas and barber shops to tackle a worrying increase in transmissions earlier this year – such as masks and client limits – have succeeded in reducing much of the risk, allowing it is up to this sector to remain open.
Health officials are also monitoring places where other provinces and countries are seeing hot spots. In October, a spinning club was at the center of several positive test cases in Hamilton, Ont.
“What we’ve come to recognize is that indoor spaces with poor ventilation; where people are exercising and breathing heavily while someone in the front is yelling at you and the music is loud – the virus can be spread very easily this way.
This does not mean that the facility does not follow the rules set by the provincial health office, but as transmission in the community increases, these activities become more risky, Henry said.
Current restrictions on indoor sports, indoor social gatherings, and inter-community travel will all expire on December 7. curb the next few weeks.
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