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Province of British Columbia
JOINT STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0202-001142
June 22, 2020
Ministry of Health
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
Joint statement on B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

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 three 24-hour reporting periods.

“In the first reporting period from June 19 to June 20, we had 10 new cases. In the second reporting period from June 20 to June 21, we had six cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 16 new cases.

“This represents 32 new cases since we reported on Friday, for a total of 2,822 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 182 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,471 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 14 individuals are hospitalized, six 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 954 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,474 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 198 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

“There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 169 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. Public health teams continue to provide support for the three remaining community locations.

“The gradual easing of restrictions means more activities can get underway, but it does not change the need to maintain a safe social distance from others and to keep our groups small.

“The provincial health officer's order for no more than 50 people at any gathering stands and will be in place until we can stop COVID-19 in our province with an effective treatment or vaccine.

“This applies to everyone, no matter what the circumstances may be.

“Phase 3 will gradually allow for more types of activities, but how we interact with each other does not change. We have to remember that when the virus is anywhere, the risk is everywhere, and, as a result, we must remain cautious.

“The same approach we have taken with Phase 2 needs to be taken with Phase 3: staying low and slow, and modifying our approach as needed to move forward with thought and consideration.

“The order for restaurants and pubs has been amended to provide greater clarity around the size of barriers. Additionally, if there is an event on the premises, the names and phone numbers or emails of patrons at the event must be collected in case there is a need for public health officials to conduct contract tracing.

“If you are considering travelling outside of your local community to another part of the province, be respectful of the communities you plan to visit this summer and take the same precautions you would at home, as you enjoy the many beautiful spots within our province.

“Like all of us, B.C. communities are doing their own assessment to determine what may be safe and what is best to avoid. Some towns and regions who rely on tourism are eager to welcome visitors with safety measures in place, while others might not be ready to welcome people this summer.

“Respectful travel means maintaining safe social interactions, planning ahead and being prepared.

“If you get sick while away, self-isolate immediately, contact the local public health teams to get tested and get direction on whether you should go home or isolate in place.

“Before you go, find out what services are available and be as self-sufficient as possible with your own groceries and essential supplies to avoid putting an additional burden on smaller communities.

“Once away, closed spaces, close contact and crowds are higher risk, so anything that involves these things needs to be done with caution. This is done by taking precautions to protect yourself and those around you by maintaining a safe physical distance and using a cloth face covering or non-medical mask, for those times when a safe distance cannot always be maintained.

“As you travel this summer, please remain vigilant to protect others, recognizing there are vulnerable people everywhere. Be understanding, take care of each other and let’s continue to do our part to protect our province and ourselves by protecting each other.”

Learn More:

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

A backgrounder follows.

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

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0202-001142
June 22, 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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