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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: July 31, 2020

Joint statement on 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.

– 50 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, total of 3,641 cases in British Columbia.
– 278 active cases in the province, 3,168 people who tested positive have recovered, five individuals are hospitalized, two in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Since the start of the pandemic, there have been
* 1,088 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
* 1,889 in the Fraser Health region,
* 144 in the Island Health region,
* 369 in the Interior Health region,
* 88 in the Northern Health region and
* 63 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
– one new COVID-19 related death, total of 195 deaths in British Columbia.
– one new health-care facility outbreak in the Fraser Health region and there are two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.
– no new community outbreaks
– There continues to be additional community exposure events across the province. A full listing of community exposure events related to flights and others within each health authority is available through the BC Centre for Disease Control, as well as on health authority websites.
– This weekend, let’s play safe and stay safe while COVID-19 remains in our communities.
– We can make this B.C. Day holiday weekend one where we find the right balance: having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those around us.
– Let’s socialize safely by keeping our groups small, using the layers of protection and giving everyone enough space to stay safe, whether at a backyard barbecue, on a friend’s boat or enjoying a nearby park.
– A new ‘good times guide’ is available online for everyone to use. It is our playbook for how to have fun and to keep each other safe and healthy.
– We all want to keep COVID-19 low and slow, and your actions make the difference. Throughout B.C., people are doing what it takes to keep our firewall strong, and we thank you for what you are doing today, tomorrow and every day this summer.