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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0028-000948
May 25, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates
Chinese translation available

VICTORIA – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: May 23 to May 24, and May 24 to midday today.

“In the first reporting period through May 24, we had five new cases. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further seven new cases.

“This represents 12 new cases since we reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,530 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 267 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,102 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 37 individuals are hospitalized, seven of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 894 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,253 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 194 in the Interior Health region and 62 in the Northern Health region.

“We are saddened to report four new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 161 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the two processing facilities within the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“We would like to assure British Columbians that there have been no reported cases of food or food packaging associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Our food supply is safe, including products from facilities where there have been outbreaks of COVID-19.

“We are monitoring the situation in B.C. and in other areas closely as we continue to chart our path forward. The key to our success in Phase 2 is all of us working together.

“Today is also the start of B.C. Paramedic Services Week. We want to recognize these emergency first responders who are an integral part of our health response, including to both public health emergencies we are facing in B.C. These specialists are with us from the moment we call 911, to when we get to hospital, as part of the network of health professionals helping to protect us. They are active in supporting health care in communities across B.C. through the Community Paramedicine program.

“In step with these efforts, public health teams continue to test, trace and track the spread of COVID-19 to quickly put out hot spots, as our front-line health workers provide the care we may need.

“While scheduled surgeries have returned and other health professions restart their activities, our COVID-19 health response remains in place and will remain at the ready, should the need arise.

“As individuals, we must also continue to do our part. Our efforts are working and we are making progress. People are doing the right thing, following the ‘rules’ for safe social interactions and taking the necessary precautions.

“What is clear for all of us is that our success so far, and our ability to further ease restrictions ahead, relies on our shared commitment and effort. Let’s keep going and keep everyone safe.”

Learn More:

For a Chinese translation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.05.25_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN%20.pdf 

For the Your story, our future survey, visit: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey
Those who cannot complete the survey online or need assistance in another language can call 1 833 707-1900 to take the survey over the phone. Assistance is available seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time), in 150 languages.

For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc

For B.C.’s surgical renewal plan, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/conducting-health-research-evaluation/reports-publications

For the slides presented at the May 4 media briefing, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/modelling-projections

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com

For guidance and information on self-isolation and self-monitoring, including how to isolate if you live with others, visit: 
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/self-isolation

For the provincial health officer’s orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

To learn where, when and how people with symptoms can be tested, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing

The COVID-19 self-assessment app, which includes details about where, when and how to be tested, can be downloaded here: https://bc.thrive.health/

To learn more about Fair PharmaCare, including coverage, how to request an income review and the monthly deductible payment option, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Register_for_Fair_PharmaCare.pdf

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0028-000948
May 25, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors' rental buildings with past or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Vancouver Coastal Health:

  • Amica Edgemont
  • Berkley Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Evergreen House long-term care facility
  • Haro Park long-term care facility
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility
  • South Granville Park Lodge long-term care facility

Fraser Health:

  • Chartwell Willow long-term care facility
  • Clayton Heights long-term care facility
  • Eden Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility (second outbreak April 29)
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • The Cedars in Mission assisted living facility
  • Valhaven Home long-term care facility
  • Worthington Pavilion

Outbreaks declared over:

  • Amica Retirement Home long-term care facility
  • Cedarbrook Chateau independent living
  • Central City Lodge
  • Delta View long-term care facility
  • Dufferin Care Centre
  • Evergreen Heights assisted living
  • German Canadian House long-term care facility
  • Guildford Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • Hollyburn House long-term care facility 
  • Inglewood Lodge long-term care facility
  • Kootenay Street Village long-term care facility
  • Langley Gardens long-term care facility
  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility (first outbreak declared over April 25)
  • Little Mountain long-term care facility
  • Lynn Valley long-term care facility 
  • MSA Manor long-term care facility
  • Orchard Manor at Hawthorn Park long-term care facility
  • Shaughnessy Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Swedish Canadian Manor assisted living
  • The Harrison at Elim Village long-term care facility
  • Villa Cathay long-term care facility
  • Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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