Dr Bonnie Henry Updates Latest COVID-19 Issues at 3 p.m.

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Provincial health worker expected to provide live update on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting British ColumbiaDr. Bonnie Henry’s 3 p.m. PT briefing will be webcast live on cbc.ca/bc, as well as Twitter and Facebook.

According to the last update on Wednesday, there were 1,496 active cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. Of these, 84 people were in hospital and 24 in intensive care.

To date, there have been 10,892 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 250 people who have died.

On Wednesday, the provincial health ministry confirmed it was investigating 16 known cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare disease in children. The disease may be caused by a new coronavirus infection, but the Department of Health has not confirmed any link to COVID-19 in the 16 cases in British Columbia.

MIS-C has clinical similarities to Kawasaki disease, with symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, and rash.

The public also learned on Wednesday that the British Columbia Supreme Court had rejected a request by two fathers asking for tougher safety measures against COVID-19 in schools.

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster had sought an injunction that would have required the province to implement mandatory masks and physical distancing in classrooms, but Judge Jasvinder Basran said the current BC government guidelines are “firmly rooted in current scientific knowledge and best practice”.



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