There have been 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours, bringing to 2,444 the total number of cases in B.C.
There are now 335 active cases of in the province, with 1,966 people having recovered.
As of May 18, there are 47 people in are hospital, 12 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. There is one person hospitalized in the Interior Health region.
The number of people hospitalized has decreased dramatically since mid-April, when there was a high of 147 people in hospital and 73 in intensive care.
Cases by health region include 1,195 in Fraser, 882 in Vancouver Coastal, 181 in Interior, 126 in Island and 60 in Northern.
There have been two more COVID-19 related deaths — both in long-term care homes, in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions — for a total of 143 deaths in British Columbia thus far.
There have been no new health-care outbreaks, with 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.
Public health teams are also continuing to work on community outbreaks at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam. those in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake work camp in Alberta.
Henry said she believes this summer will bring a return to visits by family members to loved ones in care homes, but noted the details of how that will work, and when, depend on how the numbers pan out as spring edges into summer.
Phase 2 of the gradual reopening the economy begins this week, with restaurants, pubs, stores and fitness centres able to reopen with COVID-19 plans in place that focus on physical distancing and hygiene.
For example, The Bay, Zumies and other stores in Aberdeen Mall will open on May 19, Westsyde Pub will open on May 20 for in-pub dining and Winners is set to open on May 22. There are many more stores with various reopening dates. Call your favourite destination to learn of its status.
For more information about BC's Restart Plan, visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
"The physical, financial and emotional strain of the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone,” Henry said. “The transition into phase 2 brings both anticipation and further apprehension as our businesses and schools look to re-open (on June 1). We are all learning the new ways of safe social interaction — doing things that we have never had to do before — and we ask you to show patience with yourself and with those around you as we enter this new phase. The stress of this can be challenging and the impact harmful.”
Henry said people must every day to their part to hold the line on COVID-19.
“If you are using transit, or going into a smaller store, consider using a cloth face mask to protect others,” she said. “Simple things can make a big difference. Only you know your own risks and the precautions you need to take. Our well-being and our future is in our hands, so let's continue to wash them."
During Monday’s COVID-19 update, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry touched on the crash of an RCAF Snowbirds jet in Kamloops on Sunday that claimed the life of Cap. Jennifer Casey.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Capt. Jennifer Casey of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Our thoughts are also with Capt. Richard MacDougall. We wish him a swift recovery from his injuries,” Dix and Henry said in the joint statement.
"Canada's Snowbirds bring Canadians together and the loss that felt by all us is great. We thank the Snowbirds and the Canadian Armed Forces for all that you do and we stand beside you in sorrow and in strength.
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