VCH: Expanded COVID-19 notification for No. 5 Orange (July 1, 3, 4 and 7)

VANCOUVER Coastal Health announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its notification about possible COVID-19 exposures to people who visited No. 5 Orange at 205 Main Street, Vancouver, on July 1, 3, 4 and 7.

VCH initially notified the public about a potential exposure that occurred July 1 but learned of an additional person who tested positive for COVID-19 and attended No. 5 Orange on those dates. VCH has closed the establishment to review its safety plan and ensure there is no further risk to the public.

As a precaution, VCH is advising people who attended the No. 5 Orange on July 1, 3, 4 or 7 to monitor themselves for 14 days. As long as they remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and they should continue with their usual daily activities. If they have no symptoms, testing is not recommended because it is not accurate or useful. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, seek testing and immediately self-isolate. Call ahead and wear a mask when seeking testing. 

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person who is sick coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface (e.g. a doorknob or a table) with the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Most people who get COVID-19 have only mild disease, but a few people can get very sick and may need to go to hospital. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and/or diarrhea. 

If you are concerned you may have been exposed and have questions, you can speak to Public Health staff at 604-675-3900. For general information about COVID-19 visit: 

·         Vancouver Coastal Health COVID-19 page http://www.vch.ca/covid-19 

·         Testing sites https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/3862560c5a41418e9d78f4f81688e9d0

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