Since the last report, there have been 5 new test-positive cases in B.C. and 4 epidemiologically-linked cases. Epi-linked cases are people connected to test-positive cases who had COVID-19 but were not tested and have since recovered; reliable serology testing—which is currently not yet available—will help to further identify epi-linked cases.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 2,632
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 909
- Fraser Health: 1,334
- Island Health: 130 (3 epi-linked cases, all since recovered)
- Interior Health: 195
- Northern Health: 64
- Hospitalized cases: 26
- Intensive care: 6
- No loved ones have died (total deaths in BC to date: 166)
- Active cases: 201 (214 previously)
- Recovered: 2,265 (2,243 previously)
- 149,477 individuals have been tested as of June 3, 2020.
If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online. If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
The following comes from the modelling presentation given by the BC Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
Epi-linked cases are people who have close connections with people who have tested positive.
Those in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are more likely to require hospitalization. Deaths are heavily skewed to our Elders. Two people in their 40’s have died from the illness, and no one under 40 has died as a result of COVID-19.
While women are more likely to get COVID-19, men are much more likely to require hospitalization. This may have something to do with the number of women in healthcare and senior care services, as well as the number of women in longterm care homes. More investigation is required.
The cases in BC have been traced to their source, which can be placed based on the slow mutation of the virus over place and time. The majority of cases cane from Europe and Eastern Canada, as well as from Washington State. Significantly fewer cases were traced back to Iran, China, and elsewhere.
The rates of cases per million in comparison to Canada and the rest of the world has stayed flat. Deaths, too, have remained low when compared to other places within Canada and worldwide.
Modelling projecting forward
We remain at a contact rate of around 50% to 60%.
We can continue to protect ourselves by reducing our numbers of contacts, and that when we do have contact, that we maintain distances and wear masks when that distance cannot be maintained.
We know that children under 19 are less susceptible to getting COVID-19. Even if their susceptibility were the same as adults, the re-opening of schools are not expected to be a source of rapid viral spread.
The worst-case scenario would create a spread rate that is still manageable.
Dr. Henry’s new mantra is “minimize, manage, and modify.” Minimize exposure, manage where the virus shows up, and modify behaviour to adjust to this new information.
What we do today will make the difference, tomorrow. If you are planning to participate in demonstrations, please keep this in mind. If you are sick, please stay at home.
Adrian Dix reviewed the surgeries in BC.
- Between March 23 and May 17, there were 2,400 surgeries per week
- Between May 18 and 24, there were 3,961 surgeries
- This past week, there were 5,174 surgeries.
Pre-COVID-19, the average number of surgeries per week was about 6,000. So, we are slowly returning to a normal number of surgeries.
From the Q&A
Dr. Henry is confident that we won’t see the explosive growth that has appeared in other countries IF we continue to manage the spread through the behaviours that we have practiced over the past few months.
Dr. Henry strongly encourages people to take advantage of dining out. We have plans in place, and the stamp of approval has been given to places that are open. It will be different and possibly a tad awkward, but we need to get back to social interactions. Please support your local enterprises that have taken the time and made the investments to ensure your safety while dining out.
To view the federal modelling released on June 4, 2020, click on the image below:
Watch the full modelling presentation here: