Health officials warn community transmission affects schools, as B.C. records 46 new cases

With the start of the school year weeks away, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are emphasizing the importance of keeping community transmission as low as possible.

The pair reinforced that message in a written statement Tuesday as they announced 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus within the last 24 hours but no new deaths.

“As we look to fall, what we’ve learned from other jurisdictions is that transmission in a school setting is a reflection of what’s happening in our communities; keeping our community transmission low and slow keeps us all safe,” they wrote. 

“And behind the scenes, public health is using contact tracing to mitigate the new growth in cases. Every case is followed up and linked.

“People who are at risk from exposure to known cases are supported to self-isolate, reducing further community exposure. That is working. The number of people we see self-isolating from the past few days reflects the work that public-health teams are doing tracing people around the province to prevent the spread and stop outbreaks.”

The new cases bring B.C.’s total number to 4,111. There are 472 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

There have been no new community outbreaks, and no new health-care facility outbreaks in the region. An outbreak at the Krazy Cherry Fruit company in the Interior Health region has been declared over. 

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