British Columbia

Outbreak declared at B.C. dance academy as 26 test positive for COVID-19

Fraser Health has declared an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at Capella Dance Academy, according to a news release issued Monday.

Capella Dance Academy in Chilliwack closed voluntarily last week, according to Fraser Health

Capella Dance Academy shut down voluntarily on Oct. 28. (Martin Diotte/CBC)

Twenty-six cases of COVID-19 have now been linked to a dance studio for children in Chilliwack, B.C.

On Monday, Fraser Health declared an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at Capella Dance Academy, according to a news release.

The academy closed voluntarily on Oct. 28, and those who have been identified as close contacts of positive cases have been instructed to self-isolate.

"Fraser Health will inspect the site and we are continuing to work with the dance academy to strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies," the news release says.

Public health officials are also working with local school districts in case any students have been exposed to the virus.

The news comes as COVID-19 numbers continue to set new records in B.C., with the majority of the 1,120 new cases announced Monday located in the Fraser Health region.

Dr. Reka Gustafson, B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer, told CBC she could not comment on the outbreak specifically, but did say that most of the time, virus transmission occurs within a social network through informal gatherings.

"Often, when we name a particular venue, a particular organization, it actually represents a group of people who are friends, are social contacts and who interact in multiple ways, informal ways, throughout the day," said Gustafson on CBC's The Early Edition on Tuesday.

With files from The Early Edition

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