Vancouver COVID-19 alert: Multiple individuals at Hotel Belmont bar and nightclub test positive

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      For the second time in the past two weeks, Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a public advisory about a COVID-19 exposure event that took place in Downtown Vancouver.

      VCH stated in a news release that individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the bar and nightclub areas of the Hotel Belmont, located at 654 Nelson Street (at Granville Street), on June 27 and 29. The number of positive individuals was not specified.

      Anyone who was in these areas of the hotel on these dates is asked to monitor themselves for 14 days. Anyone who does not have symptoms is not being asked to self-isolate and testing is not recommended for those without symptoms.

      However, anyone who does develop symptoms is asked to immediately self-isolate and seek testing by calling 811 and wearing a mask when attending testing.

      COVID-19 symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell, and diarrhea. 

      Anyone who was at the hotel outside of these dates isn’t at risk, nor is there any ongoing risk to the community, according to VCH.

      More information about COVID-19. including an online self-assessment tool, is available at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.

      Previously, on June 27, VCH issued a public notification that several individuals who tested positive had attended Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge on Hornby Street from June 21 to 25. A public notice was issued, as contact tracers were unable to reach all individuals who were present at the venue during those dates.

      Meanwhile, at today's daily B.C. COVID-19 update, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that there have been six COVID-19 deaths over the past three days.

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