More 10-day closures have been issued to businesses in the Tri-Cities as a result of COVID-19.
Fraser Health has listed three new workplace exposures to the virus in the region, both leading to the temporary closures out of safety concerns for the public.
According to the authority, closures take effect when at least three or more employees recently test positive for COVID-19.
On May 26, Freshslice Pizza locations in Coquitlam Centre (2929 Barnet Hwy.) and in Port Moody's Newport Village (240 Newport Dr.) were alerted for exposure, while Allwest Electric Ltd. in Port Coquitlam (110-2250 Fremont St.) has been closed since May 28.
There are now a total of four workplace exposures in the Tri-Cities from the last four-day reporting period. The CIBC bank in Coquitlam (1410 Parkway Blvd. East) was listed for closure as of May 27.
Currently, there are nine workplaces across the authority with a closure in effect, partial or in full, after being flagged for COVID-19.
- Allwest Electric Ltd.: 110-2250 Fremont St., Port Coquitlam
- Kenridge Automotive Equipment and Supply Ltd.: 3-20120 102b Ave, Langley
- CIBC Coquitlam: 1410 Parkway Blvd. East
- Go Dodge: 6280 120 St., Surrey
- Partial - Closure of auto body shop only
- Freshslice Pizza
- 2929 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam
- 240 Newport Dr., Port Moody
- Selkirk Community Inclusion Day Program: 22334 Selkirk Ave., Maple Ridge
- Gold's Gym: 19989 81a Ave., Langley
- Planet Fitness: 10642 King George Blvd., Surrey
Since April 8, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has asked all authorities to disclose the names of workplaces where three or more people have COVID-19 and transmission is likely to have occurred.
The closure notice can be served by the health authority’s environmental health officers or WorkSafeBC with the goal to stop any potential spread of the virus and limiting community transmission.
“By using targeted worksite closures around current cases of COVID-19, we may be able to avoid or delay broader workplace closure measures, which could close entire business sectors,” states Fraser Health on its website.
As of this publication (June 1), Fraser Health has recorded 84,080 lab-confirmed COVID-19 infections.
There have been 895 virus-linked deaths in the regional authority since the start of the pandemic.
Currently, there are 1,520 active cases, 40 people admitted into critical care among 124 hospitalizations and 81,606 recoveries.
In total, there were eight workplace exposures in the Tri-City area in the month of May.