15 new cases, for a total of 2,392 cases in British Columbia made for the opening notes for today' COVID-19 update, with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix sharing the latest data, as well as some reminders on the need to keep travel local over the upcoming long weekend.
When it comes to the overview of the current situation, they noted that there are 372 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,885 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the total COVID-19 cases, 58 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care.
The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
For the breakdown by health region, since the start of the pandemic, there have been 878 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,149 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 58 in the Northern Health region, that an increase of one from yesterday.
The daily update also included the unfortunate news of more passings in the province from the coronavirus.
"We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 135 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones.
The first long weekend of the warm weather seasons is just a day away and the awareness that some British Columbians may be looking to expand their horizons a bit something which brought words of caution from the province's top health officials
“We are transitioning into Phase 2 of BC's Restart Plan slowly, with careful thought and consideration. While many of us would look to plan our summer activities well in advance, this year, with the risks of COVID-19 around us, we need to take things week by week.
Less travel right now is what we are asking of everyone. There are so many activities and places for us to safely enjoy – close to home. Rain or shine, we can get outside and enjoy some of the best of B.C. right in our backyards.
Top of mind for all of us needs to be: fewer faces, smaller groups, shorter time together and bigger spaces. Always thinking about location, duration and our relations will help to keep all of us safe.
Let’s use this May long weekend as an opportunity for everyone to put our safe social interaction ‘rules’ into action. A safe path ahead is based on your personal circumstances and your actions.
Let’s keep our curve flat and keep our province strong – together.”
You can review the Thursday update here.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
Federal Government site
British Columbia Government site
The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.
More from Northern Health can be reviewed here
You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.
Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.
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