We need more granular COVID-19 data in BC and the federal COVID Alert app to save lives!

We need more granular COVID-19 data in BC and the federal COVID Alert app to save lives!

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Bernard Trest started this petition to Adrian Dix (Minister of Health) and

The government of British Columbia has become notorious for their lack of COVID-19 data transparency and for their refusal to implement the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app. The little COVID-19 data available in BC is scattered over countless websites. The BC government and most businesses and workplaces are refusing to publicly share critical and potentially lifesaving COVID-19 data whenever exposure events occur. There is a deadly virus circulating in our communities and we are being kept in the dark. For example, on January 4th, 2021, two workers at Mayfair Shopping Centre in Victoria tested positive for COVID-19 yet neither the mall nor the local health authority would disclose specific details regarding where the employees were working or what stores they work at: www.cheknews.ca/shoppers-seek-more-information-after-mayfair-mall-workers-test-positive-for-covid-19-730998/ There were seniors shopping in the mall at the time and potentially countless people with underlying medical conditions. If these people were to become infected with COVID-19, their lives could be at risk.

We are a father and son team that started a project called COVID Reported: www.covidreported.com We have been crowdsourcing, compiling, and sharing critical and potentially lifesaving COVID-19 data so that people know which businesses and workplaces have had COVID-19 exposures. Within a few days of launching this initiative, our online map reached over 50,000 views and we had over 3,700 followers of our Facebook page. This clearly demonstrates a massive demand for more public transparency and granular data regarding where COVID-19 exposure events are occurring in our communities whenever these events happen at a business or workplace. We need this critical and potentially lifesaving data so that we can make more informed decisions that can help protect our families and our communities. We are certain that had the BC government provided more granular data and also created a centralized online portal similar to COVID Reported months ago, this would have curbed COVID-19 infections and helped saved life.

While COVID Reported is a serving as a stopgap measure, we need the BC government do their part to help save lives. As such, we are requesting that the BC government do the following:

1) Create a centralized publicly accessible database where all COVID-19 exposure events are listed.

2) Provide more granular data by mandating that any business or workplace that has a worker test positive for COVID-19 share this exposure information with the BC government so that it can be included in the publicly accessible database. The name of the worker should be redacted however the name and address of the business / workplace along with the date that the worker tested positive should be made publicly available. This mandate would prevent a similar situation to Mayfair mall and countless other similar situations where people are mostly kept in the dark even though they could have been exposed to a deadly virus.

3) Implement the federal COVID-19 Alert app in BC.

We are in a second much more deadly wave of COVID-19 and there are new more contagious variants of the virus circulating in our communities. BC has recorded tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections and nearly 1000 people have died, with most of those deaths occurring in December. And the term “recovered” does not factor in those that experience serious and potentially lifelong health complications after they become infected with COVID-19 such as scarred lungs, debilitating fatigue, and brain fog.

We have a right and need to know more granular data regarding COVID-19 exposure events in our communities so that we can make more informed decisions that will protect our families, keep our communities safe, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and save lives. We also have a right and a need for BC to implement the federal COVID-19 Alert app.

Yours Truly,
The citizens of British Columbia

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