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More COVID-19 restrictions for dance studios, gyms possible after outbreak: FHA

Last Updated Nov 3, 2020 at 3:52 pm PST

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Dance studios and gyms in the Fraser Health and other regions could be looking at greater COVID-19 restrictions: doctor

30 cases of COVID-19 and 10 precautionary school exposure notices have been linked to a Chilliwack dance school

Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, chief medical health officer for the Fraser Health region, said safety plans are being reviewed

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — Dance studios and gyms in the Fraser Health region and potentially across the province could be looking at greater COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin, chief medical health officer for the Fraser Health region, said Tuesday safety plans for the latter are being reviewed following an outbreak at a dance studio in Chilliwack.

“Settings such as gyms or dance studios, where people are getting together in larger numbers, do appear to be a particular risk and we will be looking at those settings closely in the coming days,” she added.

So far, 30 cases of COVID-19 and 10 precautionary school exposure notices have been linked to the dance school, the Capella Dance Academy.

Brodkin said all cases and contacts have been isolated and transmissions have only occurred in the dance school so far.

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Brodkin said the latter could lead to changes.

“Whenever we have an outbreak in a setting, it always a cause for concern and we want to understand the things that broke down that led to the outbreak occurring,” she added.

Fraser Health reported 187 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, according to Dr. Victoria Lee, president for the region.

The majority are linked to know cases and clusters, she added.

Active cases in the region increased to 2,315.

Of the three-day record 1,120 new COVID-19 cases for the three reporting periods over the weekend, 74 per cent — or 830 — were in Fraser Health. Another 234 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.