B.C. has recorded 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 48-hours, bringing the provincial total up to 2,353 as of Monday.
By health authority, 1,118 cases have been in Fraser Health, 873 cases have been in Vancouver Coastal Health, 180 cases have been in Interior Health, 125 cases have been in Island Health and 57cases have been in Northern Health.
There were no new cases reported in Interior Health or Vancouver Island over the weekend. Most new cases came from the Fraser Health Authority.
There was one new death from COVID-19 recorded over the weekend — an individual from the Fraser Health region.
A total of 130 people have now died from COVID-19 in B.C., including two people who died from the disease in hospital in Interior Health — one in Kamloops and another in Kelowna.
There are 20 active COVID-19 outbreaks remaining at long-term care homes, assisted living or acute care facilities, affecting 291 residents and 184 staff, while another 21 facilities have been cleared of outbreaks, accoridng to the latest numbers form the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there have been no new community outbreaks, noting all infected workers at the Bylands Nursery in West Kelowna have recovered from COVID-19 and there have been no new cases, rendering that outbreak over.
Henry said there are 634 active cases (27 per cent) of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,719 people (73 per cent) have recovered from the virus.
Of those active cases, 66 people in the province are in hospital, 18 of whom are in intensive-care units.
Just two people in Interior Health remain in hospital with COVID-19, Health Minister Adrian Dix said.
— This story was updated May 11 with information from the BC Centre for Disease Control
Henry said B.C. acted quickly to contain the virus and the province is in a better place than it was a few months ago.
“And, as we look ahead to the restart of our province in the coming days, we want to move slowly and thoughtfully,” Henry said.
She said if the situation continues to progress as it has, B.C. will be at phase two of its pandemic plan after the long weekend, with some businesses reopening under certain protocols.
Henry said families, individuals and businesses have to take the time to plan how they will adapt to the “new normal” in B.C.
She advised that when and if businesses reopen in the coming days, they do what is right to protect themselves, their employees and customers, urging everyone to have patience as businesses adapt to the new rules.
Henry said new community cases unlinked to any particular outbreaks continue to be found every day, though they are smaller in number than they have been, which she said is good news. She also noted a number of ongoing outbreaks that persist.
“This means COVID-19 has not gone away,” Henry said. “It is still a risk to us in our communities and we need to strike that right balance between the easing of restrictions to make sure that our forward approach is safe, practical and sustainable in the long-term.”