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COVID-19: Health officials announce 18 new cases, three new deaths

Dr. Bonnie Henry Dr. Bonnie Henry
Ginger Lawrence | 24 May, 2020, 03:55

Two other hospital acute-care units in B.C. still have active outbreaks and 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities.

This case involves a person who has completed their self-isolation in Alberta and has recovered.

There have been no new health-care outbreaks in the last day.

There's also an outbreak at the Mountain Institution federal prison in Aggasiz, Henry added.

More than 81 per cent of B.C.'s cases have recovered, while 155 people have died of COVID-19.

"This is our transition phase. When it is hard to keep a safe physical distance for an extended period of time - for example, when you are on transit - this is a good way for you to protect those around you", said Henry.

"We are finding our new balance between protecting our health and reopening numerous businesses and activities that are important to all of us", the statement by Henry and Dix said.

As B.C. eases some of its social and economic restrictions, Henry urged British Columbians to continue to follow ongoing health guidelines, like physical distancing and regular hand washing. Since physical distancing measures were introduced, the average number of contacts came down from between six and eight, to three.

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The number of people hospitalized in the Northern Health region wasn't provided. Previously, figures were based on which health region people were in when they tested positive - now it is based on the region in which they live.

She said B.C. will continue to increase the size of the teams in anticipation of the fall when there will likely be an increase in respiratory illness. Already, the province has recruited medical students, retired nurses and doctors, and set up a nurses hotline. "Anybody who works with anybody who is marginalized or vulnerable, who may not have access to a computer or a telephone, please find ways to encourage and to assist these people, your clients, to take this survey as well", said Henry.

"That is going to be an absolutely critical if and when we open up our borders, particularly with the USA", she said.

"That's an area that I think we need to beef up - we'll be speaking with our federal counterparts about how to do that".

"It speaks to the challenges and the devastation that this virus can cause when it gets into our long-term care homes", she said.

"As we're opening up more settings, [outbreaks] tell us we need to be vigilant".

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have today (May 23) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.