Long weekend actions will define COVID-19 trajectory in British Columbia, leading physician says deaths increase by 3

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BC. Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 35 new cases of coronavirus in the province on Saturday, bringing the current total to 1,445.

Henry also announced three new deaths, bringing the total number to 58.

She also stressed once again the importance of not traveling this long weekend – even for people traveling in second homes.

“What will happen this weekend will be reflected in what we will see in the coming weeks. We don’t want to see an increasing number of cases, increasing challenges in our health care system, ”she said.

Henry also commented on what she called “exaggerated” reports that the ferry crossings were full before the long weekend – the waiting crossings became a point of tension and anxiety for those in small communities. She said she had been in contact with BC Ferries, which has significantly reduced departures and is operating at 50% of its capacity.

“They confirmed that they saw only a fraction of the traffic they would normally see this weekend. I am encouraged to see that most people are doing what we need to do and that they are staying at home, “she said.

Watch Dr. Bonnie Henry Respond to Concerns About BC Ferries Traffic:

Dr. Bonnie Henry says BC Ferries reported seeing a “fraction” of its usual traffic over the long weekend. 0:49

Although provincial parks and some regional parks and beaches are closed this weekend, Henry said he does not want to order the complete closure of the shared outdoor spaces.

“I think it’s important for us to go out to be with our family, our households and experience the fresh air. It is important during a time like this when we have so much anxiety, when people are locked up, especially children, to have these opportunities to get out, “she said.

“I think we are in a good balance and we are doing our best to make sure that people – for their mental and physical health – can be outside. “

Henry said provincial parks have been closed due to concerns about the physical remoteness of certain facilities and the approaching BC fire season.

There are currently 134 people hospitalized, including 63 in intensive care. To date, 905 people in British Columbia have fully recovered.

There are 246 cases linked to long-term care homes in the province, but no new outbreak was announced on Saturday. Henry said the province has worked to support people in these facilities to ensure there is no shortage of staff, as has been reported in provinces like Quebec and Ontario.

Henry also provided comments on the children’s return to British Columbia. schools, but said it will take at least a few weeks before a date is set.

“It really depends on how things go over the next two weeks. We are talking about planning for the reopening and what it might look like, ”she said.

“There will always be things like physical distance, like hand washing that will not change, so how to do this in the best possible way in our classrooms is one of the things we will answer in the next few years weeks. “

Henry also provided an update on an outbreak at a federal correctional facility in Mission, where there are 26 staff and inmate cases, including five at the hospital.

Henry said B.C. is working with the federal government to ensure that stocks of personal protective equipment remain sufficient, saying the province has so far been in a “reasonable place.”

“I will never say” well “at this point because we know there are persistent challenges. But as we reported, we got the supplies we needed last week, “she said, adding that the biggest challenges are in Ontario. and Quebec, but that British Columbia is currently “not in one place” to share supplies.

The cases break down as follows:

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