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COVID-infected workplaces to be shut down, as B.C. sees record-breaking cases

Last Updated Apr 8, 2021 at 10:56 pm PDT

Summary

When three or more people in a single workplace test positive for COVID, public health will be able to shut it down

More than 300 B.C. COVID-19 patients in the hospital, including more than 100 in ICU

Nearly one million doses of COVID vaccine administered so far

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C. is bringing in a new measure to shut down businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks and reduce transmission in workplaces.

Starting Monday, when three or more employees test positive at a single workplace and it is determined there is transmission within the setting, the health authority can shut it down for 10 days or longer. WorkSafeBC will serve the closure notice on its behalf.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says in larger workplaces, the closure may be limited to the locations where transmission actually took place.

“One of those places where we see this is construction sites. It may just be one team and the construction site that may need to be off for a period of time,” she explained.

Henry notes some essential industries — such as those in policing, firefighting, health care, and transportation — cannot close.

Businesses that are shut down will be named on a public list, which will include the date of re-opening.

“We’ll be working with business over the next couple of days so I know the, what’s the effect of the order, and the fact that we believe that this targeted approach will help them deal with cases of the transmission of COVID-19, should it arrive workplaces, and obviously, to reduce transmission for all of British Columbia,” B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said.

B.C. reports a record number of COVID-19 cases

B.C. has marked a sombre record with Thursday’s COVID case count.

The province is reporting 1,293 new cases and two deaths in the past day.

On the vaccine front, 985,001 doses have been administered so far.

British Columbians aged 65 and up (born in 1956 or earlier) can register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Indigenous people aged 18 and up (born in 2003 or earlier), as well as those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable are also eligible.

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