Health officials take stock of COVID-19 situation in British Columbia

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Provincial Health Administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia at 3 p.m.You can watch the press conference live here and on the CBC Vancouver Facebook page.

As of Thursday, there were 7,899 active cases of the disease in the province and 384 people had died.

A total of 294 people are currently hospitalized, against 217 last Thursday. Sixty-four people are in intensive care due to COVID, the highest number of intensive care patients since April.

Vancouver Airport (YVR) announced a rapid test pilot on Friday. It is hiring volunteer travelers to take rapid COVID-19 tests before leaving on their domestic flights. The project is jointly managed by UBC and Providence Health Care and sponsored by YVR and WestJet, in the hopes of determining whether rapid airport testing is worth it.

A new report from the BC Women’s Health Foundation on Wednesday found that women have been negatively affected by COVID-19 to a disproportionate degree, as they are more likely to occupy positions facing the public and have been forced to assume positions. increased responsibilities as the pandemic worsens.

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