Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday COVID-19 report: Just 2 New cases on the day, though news tempered by notes of three more passings

The Tuesday COVID-19 report from the Province of BC provided for an anomaly not heard in many weeks, that of a count of new cases that was lower than those patients who had passed away from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

Just two cases were recorded by officials in the province over the last day, making for the lowest number reported for much the public reporting period.

“Today, we have two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,446 cases in British Columbia. There are 325 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,975 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the total COVID-19 cases, 45 individuals are hospitalized, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation." 

Around the province there are 883 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,196 in the Fraser Health region, 126 in the Island Health region, 181 in the Interior Health region and 60 in the Northern Health region, the latter the same amount as on Monday.

Dr. Henry and Mr. Dix also shared word of three passings over the last twenty four hours.

 “We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 146 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Tuesday was also the first day of the Second phase of the BC Restart program, with many business operations resuming their daily services.

“Today is the first day that many businesses can begin to reopen, and we encourage business owners to take it slowly. Just like BC’s Restart Plan, being thoughtful and cautious is the way to go. 

This approach will give you, your employees and your customers the confidence that you are doing all you can to keep everyone safe. “We also remind businesses that following all the guidelines provided by WorkSafeBC, including having a COVID-19 safety plan in place, is a requirement for reopening. 

WorkSafeBC’s public health guidance is now available for several industry sectors, and more will be available in the coming days. The guidance balances the need to be practical, sensible and safe when reopening."

You can review the Tuesday 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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