BEFORE CHRIST. reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, 1 more death

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VICTORIA –
BEFORE CHRIST. Health officials announced 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the province’s total to 2,353 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix also announced a new virus-related death since Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 130.

In total, nine of the new cases were discovered on Saturday and 14 were registered between Sunday and Monday.

As the province plans to reopen its economy and relax the health guidelines next week, Dr. Henry said that everyone should be allowed to engage with the community at their own pace.

“I think it is important for all of us not to feel rushed,” she said.

Henry added that she had heard of many companies wishing to reopen, while others told him that they were not sure if they were going to open in the near future due to security concerns.

“Do what’s right for your business to protect yourself, your employees and your [community], ” she said.

“A regular stream is much better than a rushing river that can damage things in its tides. “

Meanwhile, outbreaks continue to be seen in 19 long-term care, assisted living and acute care facilities.

A total of 291 patients in these facilities tested positive for COVID-19 in the province, along with 184 staff members.

At the same time, health officials say no new community outbreaks have been seen in the past 48 hours.

In the Kelowna area, an epidemic of coronavirus that has started among temporary foreign workers has now been declared over.

As Canada’s border locks in the United States come to an end on May 21, health officials say it is the Prime Minister’s responsibility to extend the travel ban.

“Absolutely, we have concerns about the border reopening,” said Henry. “A large reopening of the borders is not in our interest. “

The border restrictions between Canada and the United States came into effect on March 21 and were extended twice by 30 days.

As the long weekend in May approaches, health officials urge British Columbians to continue to follow provincial health guidelines, such as regular hand washing, physical distance, and unsafe travel. essentials.

” [COVID-19] is not on the run, “said Dix. ” He is always there. It’s always in every health authority.

“Stay local, stay away, stay safe,” added Dix.

When asked by health officials if they were concerned about beach and park gatherings as the weather improves, the two men said they expected most people continue to follow provincial health guidelines.

“The vast majority of people are doing the right thing,” said Henry.

“We are not taking a punitive approach in this province, and it has worked for us.”

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