Over 40 people test positive for COVID-19 after outbreak at Metro Vancouver gym

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      An outbreak at a fitness centre in Metro Vancouver has led to over 40 cases of COVID-19.

      Fraser Health issued a public bulletin on November 13 that it had declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Platinum Athletic Club fitness centre located at 7653 King George Boulevard in Surrey.

      Public health teams have found evidence of COVID-19 transmission among staff and patrons at the facility.

      As of November 13, 42 people, who either were working at the centre or had attended the location, had tested positive.

      Anyone who was at the centre from October 21 to November 7 must self-isolate for 14 days from the last date of visit to the location.

      Fraser Health has inspected the facility and is working with staff to improve health measures.

      The club posted a statement explaining that Fraser Health informed them that some individuals had attended the gym while awaiting their COVID-19 test results.

      The centre voluntarily closed on November 7 and is remaining closed until Fraser Health completes contact tracing and follow-up inspections to determine if adequate measures have been put in place to prevent future transmission.

      On November 7, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry had announced new health orders, which included ordering all group exercise activities—such as spin, yoga, dance, or fitness classes—to cease until health officers approved their safety plans. Individual physical activities were permitted to continue.

      Previously on November 5, Henry had said that indoor spin classes are "dangerous" and that no one should be doing them right now.

      This past weekend, three schools in Surrey, New Westminster, and Delta were announced to be temporarily closed due to outbreaks or clusters.

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