B.C. announces 43 new COVID-19 cases, total stands at 1618

B.C. announces 43 new COVID-19 cases, total stands at 1618

B.C. announces 43 new COVID-19 cases, total stands at 1618

Representatives of the B.C. Teachers' Federation were unavailable for comment on Friday.

Some 987 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. are now considered fully recovered, meaning there are 579 active cases in the province, as of Saturday.

The slowdown is due to public health action, not herd immunity, or "community immunity", Henry said - and what happens next will also be much the same.

"But we have made considerable progress in our province and it is because of what everybody has done together". "We have now started to decline". She said large-scale events such as the annual fair at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver and annual Pride parades nearly certainly will not happen this year.

For example, that could mean some children going back to school, and some businesses being allowed to re-open, or a hybrid situation where a small number of employees can go to work while others stay at home, but Henry said "we are not there yet".

The data comes as the health ministry reported Thursday 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 1,575.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 686 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 680 are in the Fraser Health region, 97 are in the Island Health region, 150 are in the Interior Health region and 34 are in the Northern Health region".

Health officials presented new modelling today that shows the rates of new cases and hospitalization have slowed significantly and the number of patients in intensive care has stabilized.

"Critical care capacity in B.C. thus far in the pandemic has been sufficient", he said.

The worst outbreak outside of long-term care homes and assisted living has been the federal prison in Mission. "So it's going to be a modification for the next year". Officials are now looking at starting to lift some restrictions in the middle of May. "That watching period will be in two-week periods so we make sure we're not getting ahead n of us and we're not seeing rapid explosive growth that we've seen in other places around the world and in Canada".

"The storm is still raging, and you know tragically we see that in the fact that people are still dying from this virus here in B.C.", she says. That means there are now 26 care or assisted-living facilities in B.C. dealing with outbreaks.

Instead, she furthered, "now is the time to think we can think about how we can celebrate important milestones, important things in our lives in a way that allows us to have a safe distance, and I think we should be starting to plan that now".

While there are possibilities for some more social interactions in the summer, "I would tell people to think small", she said.

"We need that to continue for us to be able to move to the next stage".

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