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Wednesday marked the highest increase in COVID-19 cases across British Columbia since April, with 85 new cases in British Columbia and 36 in Fraser Health.

While we encourage people in our region to get outside, be active and enjoy the summer weather, we must make it our daily mantra to bend the curve, not the rules.

“This summer, we must stand united against COVID-19 transmission in our communities and stay focused on protecting ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO. “This means continuing to protect yourself and those around you by staying home when you’re not feeling well, maintaining appropriate physical distance, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your social circle small and consistent.”

Now is your opportunity to spend quality time with people who live in your household and a few close friends, to support one another by following public health advice, and remembering that we can get through this challenging time by working together.

Invited to a party with people outside your bubble? Have clear boundaries:

  • It’s okay to say ‘no’ to a social gathering right now. There is no better excuse than a global pandemic.
  • State your boundaries clearly. For example, you may say, “I’m managing my exposure carefully and keeping my bubble small.”
  • Be a role model. Hearing you state your boundaries may make it easier for others to be brave about theirs.
  • Know the rules, follow them, and share them.
  • Invited to an event? Ask what COVID-19 safety measures they will have in place. Ask if they are aware of the Provincial Health Officer's orders on gatherings and events.

When we work together we can make a difference, bend the curve, and reduce transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.

Help us spread the word by:

  • Visiting our website at fraserhealth.ca/covid19 for information you can trust about COVID-19.
  • Posting and sharing the English language as well as translated COVID-19 related materials in Punjabi, Hindi, Farsi, Simplified Chinese and Korean.

How to have courageous conversations about COVID-19

infographic on how to have courageous COVID-19 conversations

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    How to have courageous conversations about COVID-19

    COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We must remain committed to flatten the curve once again and use our COVID sense. Here are some suggestions to have courageous conversations. We’re in this together!

    Invited to a party with people outside your bubble? Have clear boundaries

    • It’s ok to say ‘no’ to a social gathering right now. There is no better excuse than a global pandemic.
    • State your boundaries clearly. For example, you may say, “I’m managing my exposure carefully and keeping my bubble small.”
    • Be a role model. Hearing you state your boundaries may make it easier for others to be brave about theirs.
    • Know the rules, follow them, share them

    Invited to an event? Ask what COVID-19 safety measures they will have in place. Ask if they are aware of the Provincial Health Officer orders on gatherings and events. 

    Some handy phrases for courageous conversations about COVID-19

    • “I’m managing my exposure carefully and my bubble has already expanded"
    • “Do you have a virtual option for me to connect with you? “ 
    • “I’m looking forward to seeing you soon but I cant right now. It’s not forever, just for now.”
    • “No, thank you.” This is a full sentence – if you’re uncomfortable explaining, you don’t need to. 

    Good COVID hygiene for any situation

    Whether at home, work or visiting with those in your consistent and small social bubble, always remember your COVID hygiene:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
    • Use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
    • Keep hands away from your face.
    • Clean commonly touched surfaces often.
    • Stay home when you are sick.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Fraser Health Media Line: 604-613-0794

media@fraserhealth.ca


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