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.
– from June 5 to June 6: 14 new cases
– June 6 to June 7: six cases
– June 7 to June 8: nine cases, total 29 new cases and one new epi-linked case since Friday, for a total of 2,659 cases in British Columbia.
– 183 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,309 people who tested positive have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 16 individuals are hospitalized, four 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
- 907 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (this number has been adjusted to reflect a reporting error),
- 1,362 in the Fraser Health region,
- 130 in the Island Health region,
- 195 in the Interior Health region and
- 65 in the Northern Health region.
– no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 167 deaths in British Columbia.
– As we continue to slowly and thoughtfully ease restrictions, British Columbians are making plans for summer travel. Like other activities during our COVID-19 pandemic, summer holidays and travel will be different this year.
– We encourage British Columbians to be respectful of the communities you plan to visit and be safe as you enjoy the many beautiful locations throughout our province.
– When you hit the open roads this summer, you are not leaving COVID-19 behind. The precautions you take at home should also be taken when you are away.
– Contact the local tourism association or Chamber of Commerce to find out what services are available and what may still be closed. Be as self-sufficient as possible to avoid putting an additional burden on smaller communities.
-Like all of us, B.C.’s communities are doing what is best for them. Some towns and regions who rely on tourism are eager to welcome B.C. visitors with safety measures in place, while others who are challenged to support large numbers are asking visitors to keep their stays short.
– Be understanding of those who may be coming to your community. A visitor may be travelling for work or needing to travel to provide care to a family member. Our circumstances are unique, but our efforts to keep our loved ones and our communities safe are shared.
– We can all enjoy this summer safely. Let’s protect our province by protecting each other, while showing kindness, compassion and respect.