“We are approaching”: B.C. seeks to relax restrictions while COVID-19 has nearly 2,000

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The provincial health worker in British Columbia says the province plans to ease restrictions amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

“We are nearing the point where we can open up,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Monday, noting that the majority of cases are linked to known epidemics in specific locations, such as long-term care facilities.

Henry made the announcement in his daily update on the province’s response to the pandemic, in which she reported 50 other confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths since her last report on Saturday.

There are now 1,998 confirmed cases of the disease in the province, and 1,190 of them have fully recovered. The death toll is now 103.

Ninety-seven people are hospitalized – an increase of one patient from Saturday – while 36 patients are in intensive care.

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An epidemic in a Langley nursing home has been declared over, Henry added, but two new cases have emerged in two nursing homes in Abbotsford – Valhaven Home and MSA Manor.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry on the “made in BC” approach to reduce COVID-19 restrictions


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Recent figures indicate that social distancing measures are working and that the province will take a “made in B.C.” approach to relax restrictions, said Henry.

“We take the time to do them well and meet the conditions we have and we live here in British Columbia,” she said.

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“No one wants to see a resurgence, so we are watching very carefully. “

Contact tracing, which attempts to break the chain of transmission by identifying people who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, will be essential to moving forward, she added.

“We cannot allow hot spots to ignite and affect our communities.”

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