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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: July 8, 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.

– 18 new cases, total of 3,008 cases in British Columbia.
– 162 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 2,660 people who tested positive have recovered, 17 individuals are hospitalized (three 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
* 1,018 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
* 1,589 in the Fraser Health region,
* 133 in the Island Health region,
* 203 in the Interior Health region and
* 65 in the Northern Health region.
– three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 186 deaths in British Columbia.
– no new health-care facility outbreaks and no active community outbreaks in B.C.
– community exposure event at the No. 5 Orange nightclub in the Vancouver Coastal Health region: If you have been at a location with a community exposure event, monitor yourself for symptoms, limit your contact with others and contact 811 to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.
– Contact tracing to contain the spread of COVID-19 requires all of our involvement to be successful.
– Public alerts and the temporary closure of businesses are some of the ways public health teams are working to effectively manage COVID-19 in our communities.
– What each of us can do to support contact tracing activities is to complete our own personal risk assessment when deciding where to go and who to see.
– Fewer faces, bigger spaces is the safest approach, because we know crowded, closed spaces where people may be in close contact with each other are higher-risk environments for all of us and need to be avoided at this time.
– As we have seen in many other locations around the world, one slip can quickly cause a surge in new cases. We have also seen here in B.C. that our foundational rules for safe social interactions help to protect all of us.
– This summer, we can travel within our province, we can enjoy many activities and we can spend time with friends and family. And we can do this safely by all of us doing our part to keep our curve flat.