B.C. hiring 500 people to help with COVID contact tracing

B.C. hiring 500 people to help with COVID contact tracing

On Thursday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry shared data that illustrates the worrisome trends that have been developing in the province over the last few weeks. Co. outbreak in the Interior Health region has been declared over.

Dr. Henry also updated testing for COVID-19, with over 280,000 tests completed in B.C.as of August 7. The two new cases today are not related.

"This allows us, now, to get more people trained up to do this really important work as we continue through the progression of our pandemic here in B.C. and make sure we're prepared if there's a surge of cases in the coming months", she said. Three staff members have been infected nearly four months after another outbreak at the jail was declared over on April 20.

Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced today (Aug. 13) 78 more COVID-19 cases have been discovered in the past day for a provincial total of 4,274, which now sits as the fifth-highest single-day case count during the pandemic.

"Our actions make a difference", Henry said. "That is concerning", Henry said, noting that some of the cases are a result of exposure in workplaces, including health care workers.

The province is hiring about 500 more health professionals in its efforts to ramp up contact tracing around British Columbia.

The number of COVID-19 infections is now growing more rapidly for people aged 20 to 40 years old, she said.

The age demographics have also changed.

As the province warns partygoers to expect crackdowns on large gatherings, we're hearing younger people are reporting more long-term affects after catching COVID-19.

Don't party with assurances of social distancing, he said.

"These new contact tracers will work with existing public health teams to help track down all those who may have been exposed and support people to self-isolate when necessary". "I want to make it clear that this weekend, that if you have banquet halls with private party takes place, you will be seeing an Environmental Health Officer and people in public health".

The province says reducing the number of people with the flu will help alleviate the burden on provincial laboratory testing infrastructure, and protects acute-care capacity in B.C.'s hospitals as respiratory illness season approaches this fall.

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