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.
– nine new cases, total of 2,550 cases in British Columbia.
– 244 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,144 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
- 899 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
- 1,267 in the Fraser Health region,
- 127 in the Island Health region,
- 194 in the Interior Health region and
- 63 in the Northern Health region.
– We are moving forward carefully into Phase 2, assessing our progress week by week, and we are encouraged by what we have seen so far.
– COVID-19 has a two-week incubation period, which means any new cases that are a result of the easing of restrictions will start to appear over the coming week.
– With this in mind, let’s continue to take advantage of parks and other activities closer to home, and look to increase social interactions only after fully considering the risks to you and your family.
– Once we have a good understanding of how we are doing in mid-June, we’ll have the data we need to determine our timing for further actions.
– This slow and thoughtful approach is our ‘new normal.’ It is grounded in what we know about COVID-19 today and will continue to be adapted as we learn more in the weeks and months ahead.