BC health officials say spread tolerance, not COVID-19 at protests

Spread respect, not COVID

Health officials in British Columbia are asking people to spread the message of respect and tolerance, not COVID-19 when they gather at any anti-racism protests.

Provincial health officer Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say in a joint statement that those who are speaking out against racism after the death of a black man in Minneapolis should keep physical distancing rules in mind.

They say limiting gatherings to 50 people reduces the risk of infection, whether at a grocery store, on a patio or at demonstrations.

Henry and Dix also announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as one more death.

The province now has 214 active cases of the disease, with seven people receiving intensive care.

A total of 166 people have died in B.C. after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Outbreaks are ongoing at six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and public health teams are providing support for seven other community outbreaks.

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