Chatters Hair Salon has confirmed that a stylist at its Langford location has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a Facebook post on Chatters Salon Victoria Westshore, the stylist has not worked since Aug. 17 and any guest that may have been exposed has been contacted by provincial health officials. The salon also wrote the positive test was received on Friday.
The salon said B.C. health officials have advised there is “very low risk to exposure” due to the salon’s personal protective equipment (PPE) policies. It also said B.C. health officials have allowed them to remain open and are in constant contact.
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Posted by Chatters Salon Victoria Westshore on Friday, August 21, 2020
No new community outbreaks were reported by the province on Friday and Island Health has not listed the salon as a public COVID-19 exposure event on its website.
“Island Health will provide updates on the locations and times of known possible exposures to COVID-19 to the public in our region when we have been unable to reach or identify all individuals potentially exposed via contact tracing. A close contact exposure means face-to-face contact while a person is infectious for an extended period of time,” Island Health says on its website.
Most of the new cases in Island Health this week have been in the southern Vancouver Island area. Four new cases were reported in Island Health over the weekend, followed by two on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, one on Thursday and one on Friday.
There are nine active cases in the health authority. Island Health has now had 160 cases since the pandemic began.
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B.C. reported a total of 90 new cases on Friday along with two more deaths.
And earlier Friday, the province announced property owners and organizers can be fined $2,000 for hosting events found in violation of public health orders in British Columbia under stronger enforcement measures.
The fines can be levied for hosting a gathering in excess of 50 people, failing to keep the contact information of everyone who attends an event, or inviting more than five guests into a vacation rental property, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth told a news conference.
A party with fewer than 50 people is not necessarily legal, he added, since all other public health measures must still be followed.
“Police have their discretion, but if you have 38 people crammed into a kitchen and, you know, there’s no social distancing (taking) place, then clearly that’s in violation of the order and the owner would be subject to a $2,000 ticket,” he said.
Farnworth said “problematic” guests may also face $200 tickets for behaviour that could include refusing to leave when directed or disregarding COVID-19 safety plans at restaurants and other businesses.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should use the self-assessment tool to see if they need testing before calling 811.
Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones.
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Stuffy nose
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dizziness, confusion
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.