COVID-19 Update: May 16, 2020

21 new cases in BC (total: 2428; Δ 0.9%)
878 VCH (prev: 878; Δ 0; 0.0%; 36.2% of all)
1884 FHA (prev: 1164; Δ 720; 61.9%; 77.6% of all)
181 IHA (prev: 181; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.5% of all)
126 VIHA (prev: 126; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.2% of all)
59 NHA (prev: 58; Δ 1; 1.7%; 2.4% of all)
Total Active Cases: 355; 14.6% of total
Δ -4 (-0.3%)

49 Hospitalized (prev: 51; Δ -2; -3.9%; 2.0% of total)
11 ICU (prev: 12; Δ -1; -8.3%; 0.5% of total)
1932 recovered (prev: 1908; Δ 24; 1.3%; 79.6% of total)
141 deaths to date (prev: 140; Δ 1; 0.7%; 5.8% of total)
Recovery Rate: 79.6% Δ 0.3%

“There have been no new health-care outbreaks since the new acute-care outbreak in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital was announced yesterday, involving six staff and two patients. This is an ongoing investigation by the Fraser Health Authority. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.

“The public health investigation at the Oppenheimer Group, a vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam is ongoing, and active contract tracing is underway. Public health teams are also continuing to provide support for community outbreaks in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“Let’s use this May long weekend to take a pause, stay close to home and think through how all of us will put B.C.’s safe social interaction ‘rules’ into action for ourselves, our families and our businesses.

“Starting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, businesses can begin the process of safely reopening, and the provincial health officer orders have been amended accordingly.

“WorkSafeBC public health guidance is now available for several industry sectors. The guidance balances the need to be practical, sensible and safe when developing plans to reopen.

“The same ‘rules’ for social interactions apply to our businesses: fewer faces, smaller groups, shorter time together and bigger spaces.

“No matter what your business, or where you may be operating, it is very important to remember that the most effective way to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19 is through safe physical distancing and never allowing anyone with any symptoms to come into your place of business – whether it is you, your employees or your customers.

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