The daily update has been moved to the bottom of this article
The plan to reopen British Columbia
At a special address today, Premier John Horgan announced the phased plan to re-open the province. Currently, we are in Phase 1; starting mid-May, we will be in Phase 2. Phase 2 will see an opening of a number of industries previously closed by order or recommendation in BC. Provided there is no notable increase in test-positive COVID-19 cases, additional services will open between June and September. Phase 4 can only happen once the pandemic is considered over. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix remind people that the pandemic will not be considered over until transmission between people is halted. This can only happen in two ways:
- after enough people have been infected and have recovered; and/or
- when enough people have been immunized with a vaccine.
There will be a return to regular surgeries, with more information to be rolled out on that tomorrow.
There has been an increase in discrimination in BC.
“Hate has no place in British Columbia, period,” said Premier John Horgan. This virus does not discriminate; neither should we.
The four phases of the pandemic
The phases were designed with the intention of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 to a maximum of 60%, based on the modelling released by the province yesterday.
Phase One (Current): Essential Services Operating During COVID-19.
- Enhanced resources for hospitals and health care.
- Child care for essential workers.
- K-12: Online and in-class learning.
- Non-essential businesses.
- Construction, manufacturing, agriculture, silviculture.
Phase Two: Under Enhanced Protocols (starting mid-May)
Hair salons, restaurants and pubs must work with WorkSafeBC to ensure protocols are met. The BC Park Association and the BC Restaurant Association are already working with the province to set and meet the protocols.
- Small gatherings, eg expanding your circle by 2 to 6 guests, outside is better than inside.
- Elective surgeries resume.
- Dentistry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, in-person counselling resume.
- Provincial parks will open for day-use, as of May 14.
- More retail businesses, restaurants and pubs to re-open, supported by WorkSafeBC, as of May 19 and beyond.
- Expanded in-person schooling for K-12 (voluntary).
- Legislature resumes.
Phase Three: Under Enhanced Protocols (June to September, as long as transmission remain flat or reduced):
- More parks open, camping resumes.
- Film and TV production.
- Movie theatres.
- Personal services like spas and non-medical massage.
- Hotels and resorts.
Expect non-medical masks to become normal for places and situations where physical distancing is not possible, like bus travel, shopping, and so on.
Phase Four (Treatment/Vaccine dependent): Conditional on at least one of wide vaccination, and/or “community” immunity and/or broad successful treatments.
- Large gatherings (rock concerts, conventions).
- Restrictions of large gathering (not >50 for social gathering NOT applied work or retail box stores, larger grocery stores, or malls) will remain in place for now
- Activities requiring large gatherings will be prohibited
- Live audience professional sports
International tourism will also need to be addressed. For now, don’t travel unless it’s essential.
Visit the BC COVID-19 Dashboard or click on the image below for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more.
(Internet Explorer users: please use the Internet Explorer version of the BC COVID-19 Dashboard.)
Watch the full announcement here
The Daily update for this day:
The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 2:00 p.m. on May 6, 2020. In the past day, there have been 23 new test-positive cases in BC.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C., May 6: 2,255
The following stats were later updated:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 852
- Fraser Health: 1046
- Island Health: 124
- Interior Health: 179
- Northern Health: 54
- New cases: 23
- Hospitalized cases: 74
- Intensive care: 19
- 3 more loved ones have died (total deaths in BC to date: 124)
- Recovered: 1, 494
- 98,199 individuals have been tested as of May 6, 2020.
- If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
- If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
- 341 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Nov 26, 2021
- 424 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Nov 25, 2021
- 322 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Nov 24, 2021
- 324 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Nov 23, 2021
- 1,052 new BC COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, Nov 22, 2021 (3 days)
- 497 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Nov 19, 2021
- 468 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Nov 18, 2021
- 324 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, Nov 17, 2021
- 338 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Nov 16, 2021
- 1,270 new BC COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths, Nov 15, 2021 (3 days)
- 992 new BC COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths, Nov 12, 2021 (2 days)
- 555 new BC COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, Nov 10, 2021
- 500 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Nov 9, 2021
- 1,438 new BC COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths, Nov 8, 2021 (3 days)
- 549 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 deaths, Nov 5, 2021
- 596 new BC COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, Nov 4, 2021
- 430 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Nov 3, 2021
- 406 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Nov 2, 2021
- 1,375 new BC COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths, Nov 1, 2021 (3 days)
- 584 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Oct 30, 2021
- 758 new BC COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, Oct 28, 2021
- 609 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Oct 27, 2021
- 457 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, Oct 26, 2021
- 1,618 new BC COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths, Oct 25, 2021 (3 days)
- 649 new BC COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths, Oct 22, 2021
- 715 new BC COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, Oct 21, 2021
- 696 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Oct 20, 2021
- 560 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Oct 19, 2021
- 1,846 new BC COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths, Oct 18, 2021 (3 days)
- 667 new BC COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths, Oct 15, 2021