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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: May 21, 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.

– 12 new cases of COVID-19, total of 2,479 cases in British Columbia.
– 307 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,020 people who tested positive have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 43 individuals are hospitalized, 8 intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 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

  • 887 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 1,223 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 126 in the Island Health region,
  • 183 in the Interior Health region and
  • 60 in the Northern Health region.

– 3 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 152 deaths in British Columbia.
– Our priority is the health and safety of British Columbians. Our personal circumstances are unique, but the actions we can take to protect each other and ourselves are the same.
– As we progress safely into Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, we can all learn from the many people who have been working so hard to provide essential services, while keeping themselves and their households safe.
– One example is the use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings. As we have seen on public transit or in a barbershop, a non-medical mask keeps our droplets in and provides an extra layer of protection for people around us when it is difficult to keep a safe physical distance or when services require people to be in close contact for periods of time.
– We must also continue to move slowly and with caution, and this is the approach that is being taken as child care centres reopen and schools resume some in-class learning. Schools have strict protocols for enhanced infection prevention and workplace health and safety. Safe physical distancing measures will be in place, and anyone who is ill will not be allowed into any school.
– Like all illnesses that can be transmitted through close contact, school communities are notified as part of active public health contact tracing when someone in the school community has a confirmed case. Any close contacts who are susceptible are also required to stay home and self-isolate.
– If you are unsure or have questions, contact your family physician or 811 to help determine the best steps for you and your family.
– The provincewide survey “Your story, our future” is an opportunity to share your personal experience with COVID-19 so far. Take a few minutes to join the 290,000 British Columbians who have already completed the survey, or help someone else to do the same.
– Let’s continue to move carefully forward with kindness and compassion, and let’s make sure we are working together to keep our curve flat.