Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"Fewer faces, smaller groups, shorter time together and bigger spaces will help to keep all of us safe", advice from the Wednesday COVID update

The Wednesday COVID update from Doctor Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, provided for news of a doubling and a bit of new cases from yesterday, along with some advice for the return to some social engagement.

“Today, we are reporting 16 new cases, for a total of 2,376 cases in British Columbia. There are 385 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,859 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 59 individuals are hospitalized, 14 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."

They noted that since the start of the pandemic, there have been 877 cases reported  in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,137 in the Fraser Health region, 125 in the Island Health region, 180 in the Interior Health region and 57 in the Northern Health region, which is the same level as reported on both Monday and Tuesday.

Doctor Henry also made note of an additional passing in the province related to COVID.

 “We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 132 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of this individual, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones."

With a Long weekend approaching and with it the start of Phase Two of the Restart BC program, Dr. Henry and Minister Dix made note of the measures British Columbians should continue to follow as we ease back into a larger circle of family, friends or acquaintances.

“As we move into Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, the provincial health officer’s order limiting gatherings to less than 50 people will remain in place. But we can increase our social interactions by moving carefully and thoughtfully. 

Fewer faces, smaller groups, shorter time together and bigger spaces will help to keep all of us safe. 

Take the time to plan out how you’re going to safely include people in your household bubble. Think about who you need to protect and who may be higher risk. Your path ahead is based on your personal circumstances. “Let’s keep our curve flat and keep our province strong – together.”

You can review the Wednesday update here.

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

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.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints

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