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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: May 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.

– 15 new cases, total of 2,407 cases in British Columbia.
– 359 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 1,908 people who tested positive have recovered, 51 individuals are hospitalized, 12 in intensive care.
– Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been

  • 878 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 1,164 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 126 in the Island Health region,
  • 181 in the Interior Health region and
  • 58 in the Northern Health region.

– 5 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 140 deaths in British Columbia.
– one new acute-care outbreak at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
– one new community outbreak with two confirmed cases at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam.
– We must continue to be measured and thoughtful with each step forward in our COVID-19 recovery. The new outbreaks demonstrate that there continues to be risk of COVID-19 in our communities.
– We want a strong start, and to do that we need to stay local, stay apart and stay 100% committed to working together.
– Our provincial parks are now open for day use. Spending the day in a nearby park is a great way to stay close to home this weekend and put our safe social interaction ‘rules’ into action.
– Today, education and child care guidance was also released to allow schools to once again begin in-class learning on June 1 and prepare for a full return in September.
– Our schools and daycares will look and feel different, but they will operate in the safest way possible for everyone – for staff, students and families.
– From the start of this pandemic, British Columbians have demonstrated incredible compassion and care for our health-care workers, seniors, Elders and our communities. The result has been the flattening of our curve. Let’s keep working through this together.