16 new cases of COVID-19, 2 deaths reported in British Columbia over 48 hours

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  • Another 16 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in British Columbia, bringing the total to 2,444.
  • There were eight new cases between Saturday and Sunday and eight new cases between Sunday and Monday.
  • Two other people have died in the past 48 hours.
  • There are 335 active cases in British Columbia.
  • 47 people are hospitalized, including 12 in ICU.
  • 1,966 people recovered.
  • There are no new community outbreaks.
  • There are no new outbreaks in long-term care homes.
  • There are 15 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes and five ongoing outbreaks in acute care facilities.

BEFORE CHRIST. has registered 16 new cases of COVID-19 during the 48-hour period between Saturday and Monday, as the province prepares to enter phase 2 of its pandemic response with a gradual reopening of businesses and services.

Speaking at a daily briefing on Monday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been two other deaths from illness in the province.

Henry warned that as the province began to reopen, the potential for a surge was increasing.

“Only you know your own risk to your family or your business,” she said, imploring people to assess whether they are immunocompromised or caring for an elderly or vulnerable person.

“As businesses and retail stores and trade shows start to reopen, it is incumbent on all of us to watch the symptoms very well and not go to work if we are in the least bad and can be tested . . ”

Henry acknowledged that this was a particularly difficult time for long-term care homes and said he hopes some family visits to these facilities can resume in June if the number of cases in the province continues to decline.

Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in British Columbia entering phase 2 on Tuesday, BC residents should keep in mind that COVID-19 is present in all health authorities in the province .

“Physical distance remains our constant companion,” he said.

Dix said the number of BC Ferries’ long haul trips over the long weekend in May was 70 to 80% lower than the same period two years ago.

“This indicates that, although there is obviously displacement in the province, people are aware of the advice they have received,” he said.

More soon.

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