BEFORE CHRIST. health officials announce 53 new COVID-19 cases and explore “manageable” ways to loosen restrictions

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VICTORIA –
BEFORE CHRIST. Health officials have announced three other deaths and 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the province since Saturday.

Thirty-four of the new cases were discovered on Saturday and 19 were registered on Sunday, bringing the province’s total to 2,224.

The three new deaths bring the province’s total deaths to 117.

Monday’s briefing also covered the most recent COVID-19 modeling data from British Columbia.

The data covered the average age of people infected with the disease and the average age of people requiring hospitalization and intensive care.

The majority of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have been recorded in people 30 to 60 years of age. Most of these cases have been reported in women.

However, the majority of those who required hospitalization for the treatment of the new coronavirus were 70 years of age or older. Meanwhile, most of the people who need to be hospitalized are men, a phenomenon that, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health official, is observed around the world.

Henry warned that while older groups were more likely to require hospitalization, young people should not assume that they are immune to the virus.

“We see people as young as 20 and 30 years old who require hospitalization,” she said.

In the health system, 428 health workers had tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 28.

Of these, 374, or 85%, have fully recovered from the virus. At the same time, 33 health workers had to be hospitalized for the coronavirus, of which 13 required intensive care.

A healthcare worker died from COVID-19 as of April 28.

As the province plans to lift restrictions, health officials presented several possible scenarios on Monday.

According to Dr. Henry, current health guidelines and overall compliance mean that British Columbians are interacting with others at about 30% of levels before the pandemic.

If restrictions were to be relaxed from the current level of 30% to around 40%, British Columbia would continue to see COVID-19 cases drop near their current rates.

If restrictions were to be relaxed up to 60%, Dr. Henry said more cases would be seen, but “would be manageable” for the health care system.

If the restrictions were lifted up to 80%, so the interactions were similar to the levels in December 2019, British Columbia. would see an exponential and unmanageable increase in COVID-19 cases.

Henry says it is these different models that guide the province’s plans to reopen.

“We have to find the right balance to protect lives and suppress transmission at the lowest possible rate,” she said.

Henry adds that he is still unknown if British Columbia. will see a second “resurgence” of COVID-19 cases in the fall, during the regular flu season.

Health guidelines such as physical distance and avoidance of non-essential travel continue to be the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, said Henry.

She said the overall compliance of British Columbians “allowed us to brake the COVID-19,” adding, “but we didn’t stop the car. “

“Until we have all the pieces, we have to keep doing what we do now because we know it works. “

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