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British Columbia/Canadian-Media: Declaration of a new outbreak of COVID-19 at the Cottonwoods Care Centre in B.C.'s Interior Health region was reported Mar 8 where staff and residents had already received vaccines, the provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday in a live news conference.
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Henry said being vaccinated doesn't mean transmission and precautions stop for seniors and care homes
"You can have transmission even when people are fully vaccinated," she said. "The illness seems to be milder and doesn't transmit as much [and we] won't see rapid explosive outbreaks" and added that by the end of this month, the province will give new guidance to allow for increased visits at long-term care centers.
Two staff members and 10 residents have tested positive at the Cottonwoods long-term care facility in Kelowna, with some cases who had received two doses of the very high uptake of the vaccines.
"This serves to remind us that, while we are confident vaccine is very effective and prevents severe illness and death, it doesn't necessarily mean that all transmission will be stopped." said Henry.