FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2020
NEW FRASER HEALTH WEBPAGE PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURES
SURREY – With the return of summer weather and increase in social interactions in our communities, Fraser Health has launched a new webpage that lists locations and times of known possible public exposures to COVID-19 in instances where our Public Health team has been unable to reach or identify people who have been potentially exposed during the contact tracing process.
The webpage, fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure, provides a list of current public COVID-19 exposures and includes information about the community, location, address, date and times that pertain to each exposure.
“We have recently seen an uptick of cases in our communities and I would like to remind people to remain vigilant in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. We must continue to practice physical distancing, wash our hands frequently, and keep our social circles small,” said Fraser Health interim chief medical health officer Dr. Elizabeth Brodkin. “By doing so, we can reduce the number of possible exposures to COVID-19 and ensure we are protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities as well as ourselves and our loved ones.”
As part of the contact tracing process, Fraser Health Public Health follows up with all confirmed COVID-19 cases and their close contacts. When Public Health is unable to identify specific individuals at a location who were potentially exposed, we will post these possible exposures to our webpage.
If a person has been in one of the locations listed and during the times of possible exposure, it does not mean they will develop COVID-19. While possible exposures listed on the webpage are believed to be low risk, out of an abundance of caution, Fraser Health asks anyone who may have visited any of these locations during the specific dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, should call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, seek testing, and then self isolate.
COVID-19 is spread between people by droplets. This means you need to be close enough to be exposed to saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of the infected person. Common symptoms may include:
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
Fraser Health’s Health Protection team continues to work with WorkSafe BC to support business operators in ensuring they have COVID-19 safety plans in place and are complying with Provincial Health Officer orders. Resources for businesses such as restaurants, cafes, and pubs, personal service establishments, and others, can be found on Fraser Health’s website.
To learn more about COVID-19, please visit www.fraserhealth.ca/covid19.
Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.8 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Our team of nearly 40,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.