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: BC Stats (139 more cases), Sep 18, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (165 more cases), Sep 17, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (122 more cases), Sep 16, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (97 more cases), Sep 15, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (317 more cases over the past 3 days), Sep 14, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (132 more cases), Sep 11, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (139 more cases), Sep 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (100 more cases), Sep 9, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (429 more cases, 4 days), Sep 8, 2020: “Cut back on social interractions, NOW”
- COVID-19: BC Stats (121 more cases), Sep 4, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (89 more cases), Sep 3, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (104 more cases), Sep 2, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (58 more cases), Sep 1, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (294 more cases, 3 days), Aug 31, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (124 more cases), Aug 28, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (68 more cases), Aug 27, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (62 more cases), Aug 26, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (58 more cases), Aug 25, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (269 more cases over 3 days), Aug 21, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (90 more cases), Aug 21, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (80 more cases), Aug 20, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (68 more cases), Aug 19, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (83 more cases), Aug 18, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (236 more cases over 3 days), Aug 17, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (84 more cases), Aug 14, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (78 more cases), Aug 13, 2020 – includes modelling and projections
- COVID-19: BC Stats (85 more cases), Aug 12, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (46 more cases), Aug 11, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (131 more cases over 3 days), Aug 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (53 more cases), Aug 7, 2020