‘Our COVID Summer’: BC’s Top Doctor Urges Caution on BC Day Long Weekend

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The province’s top doctor is calling on the public to play it safe during B.C.’s long day-long weekend and help prevent a second increase in COVID-19 cases.Provincial health official Dr Bonnie Henry pleaded Thursday in a live briefing as she announced 29 new cases of the virus, but no new deaths.

All but one of Thursday’s new cases are linked to an outbreak at the Fraser Valley Packers blueberry packing plant, which now affects 59 people.

In British Columbia, the number of cases increased throughout July, following several exhibits at private parties in Kelowna over the Canada Day long weekend.

British Columbians were encouraged to resume travel within the province as part of the province’s Phase 3 plan in June.

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“Let’s make this long weekend a different one from what we saw in early July… what you do today and this weekend will determine how we are going to be able to manage in the weeks and months to come”, Henry said.

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“This will be our COVID summer, an unusual summer, a summer of doing things differently, but we can do it.”

She took a moment to thank British Columbians for listening and changing their behavior when health officials raised concerns about the surge in new cases earlier this month.

New cases began to decline, having steadily surpassed 30 a day and even hit the 40s and 50s.

“I especially want to thank the young people who took this to heart,” she said.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus has fallen to just five, including two in intensive care.

British Columbia has recorded a total of 3,591 cases, of which 3,155 people have recovered, or about 88%.

It still has 242 active cases, while the provincial death toll stands at 194.










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