For months, provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix have appeared in person to the public and the press to provide the latest information on the virus – including case numbers and vaccine – at least twice a week. These in-person briefings were typically scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, with the first of the week recapping the weekend data.
According to the Department of Health, these events will now take place once a week and are currently scheduled for Tuesday. Officials are scheduled to appear in person today at 3:00 p.m.
The decision to step back comes as the COVID-19 situation in British Columbia improves.
In the past 24 hours, the province has only confirmed 45 new cases, marking the lowest one-day total since August 2020. The seven-day moving average of new cases has now fallen below 100 for the first time. times since October.
Dr Srinivas Murthy, infectious disease specialist at BC Children’s Hospital, told CBC Radio at On Tuesday, he believes it’s a reasonable time to take a break as long as statements with transparent statistics, such as the number of cases and vaccinations, are still being provided.
“It is by no means over and in no way can we forget about COVID-19,” Murthy said.
He said if numbers start to rise or a worrying variant begins to circulate that poses a risk to those vaccinated, the government may have to revert to more frequent briefings.
The ministry says in-person availability could become more frequent if the situation changes.