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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: May 12, 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.

– 7 new cases, total of 2,360 cases in British Columbia.
– 397 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 63 individuals are hospitalized, 16 of whom are in intensive care, 1,832 people who tested positive have recovered
– Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been

  • 874 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 1,124 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 125 in the Island Health region,
  • 180 in the Interior Health region and
  • 57 in the Northern Health region.

– 1 new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 131 deaths in British Columbia.
– Every person in our province has been impacted by COVID-19 and the effects have been far reaching. Today, a provincewide survey called “Your story, our future” has been launched to hear about your experiences and actions in the COVID-19 pandemic so far. The survey can be accessed through the BC Centre for Disease Control website. For those who cannot complete the survey online, or need assistance in another language, you can call 1 833 707-1900 toll-free to take the survey over the phone. Assistance is available seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time), in 150 languages.
– The information gathered will help inform the decisions we make in the weeks ahead. The survey is also an opportunity for you to express your interest in participating in two important future initiatives: serology blood testing to determine immunity in B.C., and using technology to co-ordinate information sharing for contact tracing.
– Our health-care system has stayed strong in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, on International Nurses Day, we recognize the contributions of our B.C. nurses. Let’s honour and celebrate nurses everywhere for the incredible work they are doing right across our province – in hospitals, on our streets and in communities, large and small. Thank you for all you do.
– One of the ways we can show appreciation to all health-care workers is to continue to do all we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. Let’s keep doing our part to keep our curve flat.