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Private parties in Vancouver area linked to at least 45 COVID-19 cases, officials say

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B.C. health officials announce 47 new cases of COVID-19, and no additional deaths on Thursday, Aug. 6. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports there are no new community outbreaks, but cases have been linked to a marine vessel and there has been an exposure at Lions Bay Beach Park.

B.C.’s top doctor says at least 45 cases of COVID-19 in the province are linked to private parties in the Metro Vancouver area.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the exposure event bears a resemblance to an outbreak in Kelowna connected to private gatherings that took place over the Canada Day long weekend.

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“It seems to be that there are overlapping social groups that have been to a number of parties, slightly different to what we saw in the Interior, but a similar concept,” Henry said.

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Henry said about 400 people are now in self-isolation.

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“Even though they may have been smaller individual parties, the overlapping groups meant that there’s a large number of people that were potentially exposed.”

Read more: Kelowna COVID-19 outbreaks linked to hotel parties: B.C. health minister

The cases, Henry said, are in the Vancouver Coast Health and Fraser Health regions.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday that more than 1,500 British Columbians are currently self-isolating “because of, in some cases, a failure to engage in physical distancing.

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Dix had a message for people looking to plan or attend private parties.

“Enough. That’s enough now,” he said.

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Read more:  B.C. records 47 COVID-19 cases, no new deaths for second straight day

“Let’s be clear: It’s not the location of the behaviour, it’s the behaviour in the location.

“Whether it’s table-hopping or packed houseboats or free-for-all parties in a private residence, large groups over an extended time period are the biggest welcome mat there is for COVID-19 and it’s time to stop putting out that welcome mat.”

Henry and Dix reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and no new deaths.