There have been only two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. in the past 24 hours, bringing to 2,446 the total number of cases in B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry called the low number of cases she announced a “milestone.”
There are now 325 active cases of in the province, with 1,975 people having recovered.
As of May 19, there are 45 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 1,196 in Fraser, 883 in Vancouver Coastal, 181 in Interior, 126 in Island and 60 in Northern.
There have been three more COVID-19 related deaths — two in the Fraser Health and one in the Vancouver Coastal Health regions — for a total of 146 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 having 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.
To date, there have been 118,335 tests completed in B.C., which has a population of about 5.1 million. The province’s testing rate is 19,472 per million people, compared to the national rate of 31,915 tests per million people.
The economic reopening has begun
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.
“We would not be easing these restrictions if we did not believe we could do so safely,” Henry said. “We can flatten our curve and safely re-open our province. We encourage business owners to take it slowly. Just like BC's Restart Plan, being thoughtful and cautious is the way to go. This approach will give you, your employees and your customers the confidence that you are doing all you can to keep everyone safe. We also remind businesses that following all the guidelines provided by WorkSafeBC, including having a COVID-19 safety plan in place, is a requirement for reopening.
For more information about BC's Restart Plan, visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
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