The latest B.C. COVID-19 numbers: 2,376 cases, 1,859 recovered, 132 deaths

Henry also provided a number of scenarios people should consider as the province heads into Phase 2 of its restart plan, noting that her order limiting gatherings to 50 people will remain in place

B.C. health authorities have identified 16 additional cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

There are now 385 active cases in the province.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also noted one additional death. A total of 132 people have now died of COVID-19 in the province.

Of the province's 2,376 cases, 877 have been in the Vancouver Health Region, 1,137 have been in the Fraser Health region, 125 in Vancouver Island Health, 180 in Interior Health and 57 in Northern Health.

There are currently 15 active outbreaks in long-term care homes and assisted living facilities and five in acute care units across the province. Those cases affect 299 residents and 190 staff.

In hospital, there are currently 59 patients, 14 of whom are in critical care.

The province's recovery rate is up to 78 per cent, for a total of 1,859 patients now fully recovered.

In response to a survey launched on Tuesday, Henry said more than 75,000 people have completed it so far, calling the response "outstanding," and encouraging more to complete the survey to help the province better understand how people have been affected by the pandemic.

"The pandemic has affected all of us, but in different ways," she said.

The survey can be completed on the BC CDC website.

Health Minister Adrian Dix also provided the numbers of hospitalized cases in the province, noting that the Interior Health region now has just two hospitalized patients.

Henry also provided a number of scenarios people should consider as the province heads into Phase 2 of its restart plan, noting that her order limiting gatherings to 50 people will remain in place.

"But that's a maximum," she noted, saying that depending on the venue, a much smaller number may be the maximum, and also that large retail stores may exceed that maximum if physical distancing measures remain in place.

She also reminded shoppers to be efficient and not linger inside stores when they do not need to.

MAKING SOCIAL PACTS

Henry's general advice was to keep your social bubble small and consistent. Rather than meeting with multiple groups of friends, limit yourself to the same people, at least for the time being.

"Make a pact with friends or neighbours that you will be each other's contacts for the coming weeks," she recommended.

She also said that meeting outside, and limiting time spent together inside, is key to limiting risk.

A BARBECUE?

For those looking to have friends over for a barbecue, she recommended keeping visiting households together and spacing seating far apart.

"Take a few minutes and think about how you would do that safely," she said, also noting that households with vulnerable people, such as those with underlying health conditions, elderly or going through cancer treatments, may still want to avoid such social situations.

She also said to avoid hugs and kisses with anyone outside your household.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Henry said religious services will once again be allowed, but with the 50-person limit in place, and perhaps much less depending on the size of the religious facility.

"That may be way too many for places of worship," she said, noting there have been outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to places of worship.

She also said there should be opportunities for hand hygiene, services should be shorter and virtual connections should be maintained to limit how many attend.

HEALTH SERVICES

For visits to clinicians, doctors and similar services, Henry recommended contacting offices first in order to learn what is required for a visit, and to continue having virtual visits whenever possible.

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