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BC Liberals call for transparency related to COVID-19 outbreaks in supportive housing

VICTORIA (September 24, 2021) – The BC Liberals are calling for transparency from the NDP about COVID-19 outbreaks at government temporary housing facilities, after leaked documents from Island Health have confirmed hundreds of cases at supportive housing sites in Victoria.

“The absence of information and leadership from John Horgan and the NDP about rising cases in temporary housing shelters has only added to the frustration and fear people are already feeling over the lack of transparency around COVID-19 data,” said Shirley Bond, Interim Leader of the Official Opposition. “It has left many unequipped to deal with the challenges posed by the fourth wave, particularly the residents in these facilities who are some of the most vulnerable in our community. The NDP needs to step up, be transparent with British Columbians about whether this is occurring in other supportive housing facilities around the province, and ensure that staff, residents and the surrounding area are informed, safe, and provided with the resources they need to deal with this situation.”

In a letter sent to Minister Eby this morning, BC United Critic for Housing Ben Stewart called for government action and clarity around key issues like the number of cases reported at each facility, the vaccination rates of residents and staff, and whether similar outbreaks are being seen in cities other than Victoria.

“Residents and staff are deeply concerned about rising COVID-19 cases at government supportive housing facilities — they are looking to the NDP for direction and clear answers, and receiving none,” said Ben Stewart, BC United Critic for Housing. “Neither Island Health nor BC Housing have officially released information on the number of cases at these sites, letting rumours and speculation grow as more people get sick. Now we know that NDP government has had this information for weeks, purposely keeping it from those impacted. Minister Eby needs to be honest with the public and provide people with the information they need to stay safe.”

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