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Interior Health’s string of 14 consecutive days without a new COVID-19 case has ended

Dr. Bonnie Henry
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June 12, 2020 - 3:47 PM

After going 14 straight days with no new COVID-19 cases and having only one case detected since May 22, the Interior Health Region recorded one of the 16 new cases recorded in B.C. in the past day.

A joint statement issued by Provincial Health Office Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix today, June 12, follows past practice by not saying where in the region the case was confirmed.

There have now been 2,709 people in B.C. who have tested positive to the disease with 168 deaths as one more person died in the past day.

Of those who tested positive, 2,354 have recovered and 187 are still sick. Twelve of those are in hospital.

The release goes on to explain that requirements for how the food sector re-opens have been modified “in response to small clusters of new cases in businesses.”

Restaurants and bars are no longer restricted to only being able to use a maximum of 50 per cent of their seating capacity. But, they do have to put plans in place to show how they can justify the seating they will provide while still keeping workers and customers safe.

"Food service owners need to remember that protecting your employees and patrons requires layers of protection in the kitchen and in the dining area,” the release states. “Plans need to include such things as frequent handwashing, increased cleaning, using barriers in kitchens and dining areas, and giving lots of space between tables.

"For patrons going to your local establishment, complete your checklist before going out and when you arrive. Are you healthy? Is your group small? Is the WorkSafeBC safety plan clearly posted? Are physical distancing measures and barriers in place?”

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