The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3:00 p.m. today. Over the past day, there have been 2 new test-positive cases in BC.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 2,446
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 883 (+1)
- Fraser Health: 1,196 (+1)
- Island Health: 126
- Interior Health: 181
- Northern Health: 60
- Hospitalized cases: 45
- Intensive care: 12
- 3 more loved ones have died (total deaths in BC to date: 146)
- Active cases: 325 (down from 335 yesterday)
- Recovered: 1,975 (up from 1,966 yesterday)
- 118,335 individuals have been tested as of May 15, 2020.
If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online. If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
SURVEY “BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future is a population health survey to elicit citizen experience, knowledge and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reminded everyone that Phase 2 started today. Please rest assured that they would not have allowed this to happen if they weren’t fully confident in BC’s ability to manage the new phase. Dr. Henry also reminded businesses to ensure they have a proper safety plan in place for employees as well as customers.
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that the first shared statement was given in late January. It’s been 17 weeks now that they have been updating BC residents, almost daily. BC is bending the curve. Phase 2 is now here. Individual preferences need to determine the degree that each person participates. Today marks a significant transition in this pandemic.
From the Q&A
This pandemic will be with us for a while, and we have to be prepared for a resurgence. Note that people with Alberta license plates may well be living here in BC. It is not practical to have provincial restrictions on border, we need to trust people’s judgement.
BC is not regulating salons. They are requiring all businesses to post health and safety plans as a health and safety measure, which all businesses are required to do. This is not industry-specific. This exists also in part to provide safety information to customers and employees.
Dix said that he would like to see the border closed for the time being, that it will still be a “significant amount of time” before he would consider the border safe to open. “The situation is not very clear there,” he said, saying that he wasn’t convinced that they would have things under control within a month. The requirement to isolate when you come into BC will still be there.
Dr. Henry noted that it makes her particularly sad when she hears of racist behaviour. The residents of BC can be better than that, she said. The best way through this pandemic is by working together, with kindness. It affects us all, equally.
“There is no place, no place, in our society for racism,” she said.
Adrian Dix echoed this message, saying racism needs be called out for what it is, and condemned. There is no room for this.
If you have concerns about the health and safety of a business, please contact your local health authority (eg Island Health). They will arrange for an inspection. The approach will be corrective and educational. Shutting down any business will be a last-case option.
On masks, Dr. Henry maintains that there is no scientific evidence that shows that masks will protect you from getting the virus. From her perspective, there is a place for masks to prevent the wearer from spreading the virus, should they be infected. We should be prepared to wear a non-medical mask in situations where we cannot maintain a physical distance, eg, taking transit, going to hair salons. Even when wearing a mask, we need to minimize the time that we are exposed to in these situations. Information will change and evolve as we learn more.
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.)
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (10 new cases), May 23, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (18 new cases), May 22, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (12 new cases), May 21, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (21 new cases), May 20, 2020
- COVID-19 Daily federal address notes the large commercial rent portal opens May 25
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (2 new cases), May 19, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal update sees border agreement continue, business loan eligibility expanded
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (16 new cases), May 18, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (21 new cases), May 16, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 15, 2020
- Prime Minister announces support for research staff in Canada
- COVID-19: May 15 Daily federal address – Wage Subsidy program continue through August
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 14, 2020
- Government of Canada announces new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (16 new cases), May 12, 2020
- State of emergency continues, BC to clean orphaned and decommissioned wells
- COVID-19: Daily federal update – Canada has an approved antibody test, student funding applications opens on Friday
- OPINION: Our B.C. testing strategy for COVID-19: adapting to our pandemic – Dr. Bonnie Henry
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (7 new cases), May 12, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal update, May 12 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (23 new cases over 48 hours), May 11, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily update, Federal Gov to be “lender of last resort” for large companies, May 11, 2020
- Canada announces additional loans support for large employers
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 9, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (29 new cases), May 8, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal address extends Wage Subsidy program, May 8, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (33 new cases), May 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC announces plan for phased re-opening of the economy (plus Daily update 23 new cases)
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (8 new cases), May 5, 2020
- COVID-19: Provincial Modelling Update, May 4