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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: June 15, 2020

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.

– June 12 to June 13: 14 new cases
– June 13 to June 14: 16 cases
– June 14 to June 15: six new cases, for a total of 2,745 cases in British Columbia.
– 182 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,395 people who tested positive have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 13 individuals are hospitalized, four are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Since the start of the pandemic, there have been
* 934 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
* 1,420 in the Fraser Health region,
* 130 in the Island Health region,
* 196 in the Interior Health region and
* 65 in the Northern Health region.
– no new COVID-19 related deaths, total of 168 deaths in British Columbia.
– We ask British Columbians to not lose sight of the immense effort that we have all put into staying safe and remember that many people have experienced severe illness, and many families have lost loved ones. We must remember there is no treatment and no vaccine for COVID-19, which means the virus will be in our communities for a long time to come.
– Our objective is to keep COVID-19 low and slow. To do this, we are opening what is safe to open and keeping closed what is more harmful. We are slowly easing restrictions that are safe to lessen and are keeping measures in place to contain further spread.
– We have learned where COVID-19 spreads and we don’t have to look far to see that when left unchecked, a small cluster can quickly surge into multiple super-spreading events. This is a seed we do not want to grow.
– The tools we have are: rapid testing for anyone with symptoms, so we can quickly contain every new case and stop outbreaks; giving everyone the space to stay safe, whether at home, at work or with friends; and always following the rules for safe social interactions.
– We can see a small number of friends, we can travel within B.C., and we can protect our communities. To do this, we must continue to stand together and support each other as we move forward.