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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: May 26, 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.

– 11 new cases, for a total of 2,541 cases in British Columbia.
– 258 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,122 people who tested positive have recovered.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 37 individuals are hospitalized, seven 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

  • 897 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 1,261 in the Fraser Health region,
  • 127 in the Island Health region,
  • 194 in the Interior Health region and
  • 62 in the Northern Health region.

– We know that COVID-19 continues to be in all of our communities and will be for some time. We also know that transmission occurs when in close contact with others, so the measures we have in place are the best things we can do to slow the spread of the virus.
– While we have worked hard to flatten our curve, as we increase our social interactions and spend more time with others, we may see an increase in new cases. This is because the illness often can be mild or asymptomatic in the early stages, which means people may not realize they are sick.
– The faster we can identify and trace new cases, the better we will all be – especially as we ease restrictions.
– Public health contact tracing follows the transmission trail to quickly alert close contacts to take precautions and break the chain.
– We can help our public health teams and support each other by keeping our household bubbles small. We can also do our own ‘contact tracing’ by paying attention to where we are going each day and who we are seeing.
– As we go forward, our ‘new normal’ is different and will be for some time. We all have a role to play to be successful in B.C. and it relies on our shared commitment and effort. Bigger spaces with fewer faces will keep all of us safe.