Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia. Read the full statement here.
– 22 new cases, total of 2,623 cases in British Columbia.
– 214 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,243 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 32 individuals are hospitalized, seven are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been
- 905 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
- 1,332 in the Fraser Health region,
- 127 in the Island Health region,
- 195 in the Interior Health region and
- 64 in the Northern Health region.
– COVID-19 continues to bring challenges for all of us, and in the face of this hurdle, British Columbians have continued to stand together while staying apart.
– Racialized communities face obstacles that others to do not, and we have seen British Columbians proudly stand up and speak out against racism.
– Exercising our right to peaceful demonstration is extremely important, and equally important is keeping our communities, loved ones and friends safe during this pandemic.
– Whether going to the grocery store, seeing friends on a patio or attending a peaceful demonstration, the same rules for safe physical distancing apply.
– Be mindful of the risks you are taking and continue to follow the provincial health officer’s order to limit gatherings to no more than 50 people.
– Consider alternative ways to peacefully demonstrate, as we have seen elsewhere. Gather in smaller numbers in multiple locations, maintain a safe physical distance from those around you and use a non-medical cloth mask for the brief periods when in closer contact to others.
– Let’s stand united across our province, our nation and around the world. Let’s continue to work together and learn from others to keep our firewall strong and importantly, use this time to spread the message of respect and tolerance rather than spreading the virus.