By Eva Zhu —

After months of planning and organizing, all B.C. employees at long-term care, assisted living, provincial mental health and acute care facilities only work at one site, health officials said Thursday.

“All 501 sites, or 100 per cent of sites across all health authorities have now implemented single-site staffing. All 8,878 employees who previously worked at multiple sites are now assigned to a single site.” said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix at a news conference.

The one-site restriction aims to prevent healthcare workers from bringing COVID-19 into multiple long-term care facilities and sites.

Dix was with British Columbia’s Chief Doctor Bonnie Henry Thursday, for the daily COVID-19 update.

Henry reported eight new cases and no deaths in the past day. There are 190 active cases, seven outbreaks in long-term care facilities, and three in the community.

One of the community outbreaks occurred at an independent school in the Fraser Valley. Henry said although an adult teacher at the school tested positive for COVID-19, no children were infected. The school is now closed until further notice.

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