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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0194-001101
June 18, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on Province of 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 announcing eight new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, for a total of 2,783 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 190 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,425 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 10 individuals are hospitalized, five of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 950 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,441 in the Fraser Health region, 130 in the Island Health region, 197 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 168 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at Nature’s Touch Frozen Fruits has been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the three remaining community locations.

“Of the new cases announced today, one adult has been linked to a small, independent school in the Fraser Health region. Public health teams are actively investigating, close contacts have been notified and as a precautionary measure, the school has ceased in-class learning for the balance of the year.

“As the new health-care outbreaks demonstrate, COVID-19 can quickly spread, often undetected, resulting in multiple cases in multiple locations.

“While public health teams are working hard to contain further spread, this is a challenge that we will continue to face for the foreseeable future until we are able to fully stop COVID-19 in our province.

“What we can do to reduce the risk for everyone is to maintain our vigilance to even mild illness and always, without question, stay home from work or school and stay away from others if you are feeling ill.

“Our seniors and Elders are most vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19, which is why a number of precautions are in place for long-term care facilities. However, we understand that these restrictions, in particular the limit on visitors, comes at a high cost for residents and their loved ones.

“Every person who enters a facility increases the likelihood for virus to enter with them, regardless of the safety precautions that are taken. This is the challenge we face.

“Our approach is to move forward slowly, with caution. Our hope is that, like many parts of our economy and our province, we will be able to modify our approach and ease restrictions once the risk to our Elders and seniors has reduced and it is safe to do so.

“Whether at work, out shopping or visiting a friend, using all of the layers of protection is the best approach. Maintaining a safe physical distance, using barriers, having clear policies for employees and finally, as a last layer, using a cloth face covering.

“Our strength and our safety lie in adopting multiple layers to keep COVID-19 low and slow. To do that, let’s continue to work together, to take care of each other and do our part.”

Learn More:

An online survey has been launched for British Columbians to provide their thoughts on B.C.’s recovery: http://gov.bc.ca/recoveryideas

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

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

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

For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.06.18_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN.pdf

A backgrounder follows.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0194-001101
June 18, 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:

  • Holy Family Hospital long-term care facility

Fraser Health:

  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility (second outbreak April 29)
  • Maple Hill long term care facility
  • Nicola Lodge long-term care facility
  • Tabor Home long-term care facility
  • Valhaven Home long-term care facility

Outbreaks declared over:

  • Amica Edgemont
  • Amica Retirement Home long-term care facility
  • Berkley Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Cedarbrook Chateau independent living
  • Central City Lodge
  • Chartwell Willow long-term care facility
  • Clayton Heights long-term care facility
  • Delta View long-term care facility
  • Dufferin Care Centre
  • Eden Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Evergreen Heights assisted living
  • Evergreen House long-term care facility
  • German Canadian House long-term care facility
  • Guildford Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • Haro Park 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
  • New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
  • Orchard Manor at Hawthorn Park long-term care facility
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility
  • Shaughnessy Care Centre long-term care facility
  • South Granville Park Lodge long-term care facility
  • Swedish Canadian Manor assisted living
  • The Cedars in Mission assisted living facility
  • The Harrison at Elim Village long-term care facility
  • Villa Cathay long-term care facility
  • Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Worthington Pavilion
 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
 

 
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