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.
– one new case, total of 2,632 cases in British Columbia. One case from yesterday’s total was removed due to a data correction.
– 193 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,272 people who tested positive have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 21 individuals are hospitalized, five 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
- 908 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
- 1,335 in the Fraser Health region,
- 130 in the Island Health region,
- 195 in the Interior Health region and
- 64 in the Northern Health region.
– The number of cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region has been adjusted by one case to reflect a reporting error.
– one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 167 deaths in British Columbia.
– As the recent B.C. COVID-19 modelling has shown us, we can safely reopen many businesses, return to in-class learning and gradually increase our social interactions, but we have to be cautious that we don’t go too far and risk a resurgence in cases.
– The key is to minimize, manage and modify: minimize the number of new cases and close contacts, manage clusters and outbreaks with rapid contact tracing by public health teams and modify the measures we are all following, as needed.
– This means you should continue to assess your risks with every step and take precautions to protect yourself and those around you. Without exception, always stay home when ill and follow the rules for safe physical distancing. Remember that the provincial health officer’s order limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people remains in place.
– We have learned a lot about COVID-19. Most importantly, we have learned that we must all stay vigilant, that a slow and thoughtful approach will protect us and keep us safe, and that by working together and doing our part, we will get through this.