Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reiterates her appeal to the public to postpone any non-essential travel to the BC region.
While this plea is mainly addressed to unvaccinated individuals, she also asks vaccinated persons to heed the same to avoid causing an unwanted spike in active COVID-19 cases across the province.
The Delta Variant of COVID-19 is considered the primary cause of the recent spikes in test-positive cases in the country.
Henry stressed this appeal during a press conference where she was joined by Health Minister Adrian Dix and representatives from Interior Health. She also pointed out that the immunization rates in the region are still not sufficient to give a more extensive range of protection for the Interior’s population.
Dr. Henry emphasized in her plea that while this travel restriction may be challenging for people afflicted by the wildfire in the BC area, it must be followed, or cases will quickly escalate.
“We know it is those pockets of lower immunization, particularly people who have not yet received their first dose, that allows this virus, and the Delta Variant, which is that much more transmissible, to spread so much more easily,”
There was no mention of when the travel restriction will be relaxed.