Today's Updates: June 25, 2020
Submitted by Communications & Public Affairs, Providence Health Care
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Today's News (June 25, 2020)
Today: There have been 19 new cases cases since the last report for a total of 2,869 cases in B.C.
Total cases by health authority: 970 VCH, 1,504 Fraser Health, 131 Island Health, 199 in the Interior Health, 65 Northern Health.
There have been no new health care outbreaks today, but there is still a total of 7 active outbreaks, 6 of which are in long term care or assisted-living facilities, including Holy Family Hospital.
There have been no additional community outbreaks, and public health teams are providing support for the six ongoing community outbreaks.
There is an increase of 3 residents and one staff member, for a total of 379 residents and 229 health care workers who have been tested as covid positive.
In total, there are 179 active cases, 15 of those are in hospital and 7 are in critical care/ Intensive Care Units (ICU).
Of the new cases, one person was a public teacher from the Fraser Health region/system. No students were exposed and/or have been tested positive during this time.
Additionally, there have been two deaths from COVID-19, both of whom were residents of Long Term Care -- one in Fraser Health and one in Vancouver Coastal Health.
So far, 2,517 people who have tested positive have recovered in BC.
- Read today's provincial joint statement here.
Launching Phase 3 of the Restart Plan
On Wednesday, the province moved into Phase 3 of the Restart Plan. This includes travel within B.C. and the reopening of tourism-related businesses that closed voluntarily – hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, backcountry operators, RV parks – as well as the return of motion picture and television production. Select entertainment venues, such as movie theatres, are also included in Phase 3. All business must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC.
British Columbians who wish to travel within B.C. this summer are advised to plan ahead and be respectful while visiting communities, especially smaller and rural towns. The provincial health officer has laid out travel guidelines for everyone travelling to and within B.C.:
- Pre-trip planning and research on available resources at arriving destination;
- Respecting any local travel advisories to isolated and remote communities;
- No travelling for anyone who is sick, and if symptoms develop while travelling – self isolate immediately and contact 811 for guidance and testing;
- Practising safe physical distancing of two metres at all times;
- Spending time in small groups and open spaces; and
- Practising good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and cleaning.
The guidelines and extra safety precautions for sectors in Phase 2 are still in place. This includes keeping gatherings and social circles small.
To prepare for the new school year in September, the Education Minister announced Thursday morning he has appointed a steering committee with representatives from teachers, parents, First Nations, support staff, principals and vice-principals, school boards and trustees, and the public health sector to learn from best practices and find solutions to issues.
The committee will review lessons learned from March to June, identify existing and potential issues and propose solutions, and develop and support parent and teacher resources. The Province is committed to ensuring families and education-sector workers have regular updates so they can plan for the school year ahead.
The goal is to have even more students in class in September, as long as it is safe to do so based on the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry. Several return to school scenarios are being developed based on a five-stage approach, allowing schools to respond quickly in the event of a second wave. All five stages are supported by strict health and safety guidelines from the provincial health officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafeBC.
For information about B.C.’s Restart Plan, visit: http://gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
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