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Coronavirus: B.C. doctor asking businesses to help limit spread of COVID-19

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A B.C. physician is calling for all businesses in the province to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus by eliminating person-to-person transactions.

In an interview with Global News on Thursday, Dr. Dr. Alex van Duyvendyk said she started a petition calling on “businesses within our community to take appropriate and necessary measures due to COVID-19.”

The Kelowna physician said more than 400 people have signed the petition.

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The petition can be found here.

The petition says:

“Please, we beg you, join us in battling this disease. The recently declared state of health emergency in B.C. has resulted in the obligatory closure of high-risk businesses (gyms, fitness centres, casinos, and bingo halls) and suggested strategies to mitigate spread at others.

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“While we support these measures, we call on the B.C. business community to go even further and proactively close or transform their businesses in a way that eliminates person-to-person interaction.

“This will be a painful but necessary way to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

“The downstream impact of early action by our business community will save lives and give our healthcare system a fighting chance. We would not ask this of you if we thought there was any other way.”

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Van Duyvendyk said the petition began after seeing physicians in Saskatchewan band together to battle COVID-19.

“Coming from a family business myself in Saskatchewan, I absolutely understand the financial ramifications to this,” said van Duyvendyk.

“The fact of the matter is that we have to save lives, and we’re about a week behind with reported numbers because we’re waiting on test results.”

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She added Canada has been given a gift from other countries in what to look out for regarding COVID-19, “and I think we really need to do absolutely everything we can to minimize the risk and save our community.”

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Specifically, van Duyvendyk said the petition is a call for B.C. businesses to close any unnecessary or non-essential services.

She said businesses representative under that definition could include car dealerships, nail salons and liquor stores.

“These are so unnecessary right now, especially when my colleagues and I are on the front line, dealing with very sick people and facing and trying to prepare for peaks and large increases in exponential numbers.”

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