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Why B.C. isn't telling Interior residents where COVID-19 cases have occurred

In this January 28, 2020 file photo, public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is seen making an announcement with British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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March 18, 2020 - 6:00 PM

There are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region today, March 18. That’s two more than were reported yesterday.

But Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is refusing to be any more specific about where those cases are, unlike in many other jurisdictions across Canada and the world.

At her daily update on the pandemic today she was asked why cases in such a large geographic region that Interior Health covers are not broken down by, at least, saying they are in the Central Okanagan or the Kootenays.

“Partly privacy and it’s partly because we need everybody to be aware that the risk is not just in one place,” Henry said. “It’s not just them and over there. It’s in your community too and you need to be taking these measures now, everywhere. It doesn’t serve anybody to think that it’s not going to affect me, that it’s not in my community and it won’t affect my family.

“We know people travel back from all over the place and we know that we can’t always tell everybody that has this disease. The precautions that we’re putting out are for everybody in every community across British Columbia right now so we can stop the transmission everywhere.”

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