It was the message from British Columbia. Provincial health worker, Dr. Bonnie Henry, attended a briefing on Wednesday to announce that 16 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in British Columbia. in the past 24 hours.
Henry said there was an additional death in British Columbia.
“The path, in reality, is not black and white,” said Henry of the way people should behave when they increase their contact with others.
“This is the challenge that we will all face. We have never done this before and we must all try to do our best. “
Smaller groups, larger spaces and shorter visits will be the best in the future, she said, as B.C. relaxed restrictions while keeping case numbers manageable.
As of Wednesday, there were 2,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia. So far, 132 people have died and 1,859 people have recovered from the disease.
There are 59 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, 14 of whom are in intensive care.
Henry said no new community outbreaks have been detected. On Wednesday, there were 15 active outbreaks in long-term care homes and five in acute care units.
Henry and other officials have repeatedly praised British Columbians’ efforts to smooth the curve in British Columbia. but recalled that despite the coming changes, some things would remain the same.
Large gatherings still in place
Above all, said Henry, his order against rallies of more than 50 people will remain in place for some time. And she reminded British Columbians that this is a maximum number and that this is only possible if people are able to stay away from each other.
Whether it is a gathering of 50 people or less than 50 people, she said, this can only proceed if the site is able to provide physical distance and distance measurements. appropriate protection.
Religious services, for example, can take place next week but must meet these criteria. She said these services should target smaller sizes and that the space should be large enough. Seniors in services need to be protected and services may need to be changed to prevent multiple people from touching each other.
Hand hygiene will be important.
Henry said department stores, like grocery stores and department stores, can hold more than 50 people inside, if physical distance can be maintained. Plexiglass barriers are “incredibly effective” for retail, as is cleaning and hand hygiene, she said.
“Commit to one another”
Henry also advised people to stay at home and local as much as possible during this long weekend and to avoid non-essential trips, especially those who do not feel well or have been around someone who is. .
“Stay at home and stay away from others,” she said. “No one wants to introduce this virus into their community, their home, their home, or someone else’s home. “
Henry said that people should be aware of the number of people they let into their circles. Keep these people consistent, she advises, and confined to a small group of people you trust in your contacts.
“Don’t change that every day. It’s not going to be useful at the moment. You have to commit to each other for the weeks and months to come when you are going to protect yourself and take care of each other. “
When you are out, she says, do not share drinks or food. Get out if possible. If you’re inside, split up and shorten the tours.
Henry highlights the investigation
After announcing a province-wide poll on Tuesday, Henry said at noon Wednesday, more than 75,000 people responded.
The survey requests information on the experiences and actions of people during the health emergency.
“It helps us understand the unknown impacts,” said Henry Wednesday. “Please take a few minutes to fill it out.” We want to hear from people across the province. “
The survey also allows people to express interest in other studies, including a blood serology study to determine immunity in the province and a study on contact tracing technology.
Henry especially asked that more young people complete the survey, found on the B.C. Center for Disease Control website.
Students can request benefits
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday morning that post-secondary students affected by COVID-19 may start applying for the Canada Student Emergency Benefit on Friday.
The CESB provides $ 1,250 per month for eligible students from May to August and $ 1,750 for students with dependents and those with permanent disabilities.
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