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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: May 23, 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 of COVID-19, total of 2,517 cases in British Columbia.
– 303 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,057 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 39 individuals are hospitalized, eight in 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

  • 890 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 1,244 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 127 in the Island Health region,
  • 194 in the Interior Health region and
  • 62 in the Northern Health region.

– two new COVID-19 related deaths, total of 157 deaths in British Columbia.
– one new community outbreak with five confirmed cases at Nature’s Touch, a frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford.
– Finding new outbreaks tell us three things: first, gatherings of any kind, including workplaces, increase the risk of transmission; second, public health surveillance is working to quickly identify new cases; and third, we must continue with our restrictions in Phase 2.
– We are on the right track and must keep going. The faster we can identify new cases, the easier it is to prevent the spread to others.
– In every community in the province, our public health teams – our expert virus hunters – are working to test, trace and track the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. These medical health officers, public health nurses, environmental health officers and licensing officers are integral to our COVID-19 response.
– These teams work together to support us in our businesses and our homes, finding and isolating hot spots, and making sure people get the care and support they need, and do not inadvertently pass the virus on to others.
– The risks of COVID-19 are clear, and so are the steps we need to take to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our elders and our communities. Staying vigilant and taking the necessary precautions at work and with our social interactions will keep all of us safe.