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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: June 26, 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.

– 10 new cases, total of 2,878 cases in British Columbia (including a data correction of one case from yesterday’s report)
– 159 active cases, 2,545 people who tested positive have recovered
– 17 individuals are hospitalized, five 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
* 969 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
* 1,514 in the Fraser Health region,
* 131 in the Island Health region,
* 199 in the Interior Health region and
* 65 in the Northern Health region.
– one new COVID-19 related death, total of 174 deaths in British Columbia
– no new health-care facility outbreaks and no new community outbreaks
– This morning, the First Nations Health Authority shared the latest data on COVID-19 among First Nations people in B.C., with 87 First Nations individuals having tested positive for COVID-19 through June 14, 2020.
– The low impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous peoples in B.C. that we have seen so far is a result of ongoing collaboration and an unwavering commitment by community and health leaders to put appropriate measures in place to protect communities.
– The enhanced measures and additional support that are now in place, especially for rural and remote communities, will help to keep everyone safe until an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
– While we are encouraged by this outcome, we recognize that the result has come with hardship. The need to put aside important cultural gatherings to maintain a safe physical distance and to limit visitors has had a great social, mental and economic impact on many. It also reminds us of the resilience that First Nations communities continue to display in the face of hardships.
– Like all of us, communities need to assess the risks and do what is right for them. A slow and cautious approach has allowed us to flatten the curve and will keep us safe in the months ahead.
– We have seen that by working together, we can ensure the right tools and resources are in place to provide the care and support needed to effectively respond to COVID-19.
– Every day that we do our part and take steps to protect our families, Elders and loved ones makes a difference. Let’s keep going.