COVID-19 Update: May 20, 2020

21 new cases in BC (total: 2467; Δ 0.9%)
885 VCH (prev: 883; Δ 2; 0.2%; 35.9% of all)
1214 FHA (prev: 1196; Δ 18; 1.5%; 49.2% of all)
182 IHA (prev: 181; Δ 1; 0.6%; 7.4% of all)
126 VIHA (prev: 126; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.1% of all)
60 NHA (prev: 60; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.4% of all)
Total Active Cases: 317; 12.8% of total
Δ -8 (-0.4%)

43 Hospitalized (prev: 45; Δ -2; -4.4%; 1.7% of total)
10 ICU (prev: 12; Δ -2; -16.7%; 0.4% of total)
2001 recovered (prev: 1975; Δ 26; 1.3%; 81.1% of total)
149 deaths to date (prev: 146; Δ 3; 2.1%; 6.0% of total)
Recovery Rate: 81.1% Δ 0.4%


“There has been one new health-care outbreak at The Cedars in Mission assisted-living facility. Both outbreaks at Ridge Meadows Hospital have now been declared over. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Oppenheimer Group, those in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths: one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 149 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.

Face Masks

“Today, the federal government spoke to the use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings in public settings. When it is difficult to keep a safe physical distance for an extended period of time – for example, when you are on transit – this is a good way for you to protect those around you.

“We have to remember that face coverings keep our droplets in and don’t prevent transmission from others. The best ways for us to stay safe is to wash our hands, maintain a safe physical distance from others and keep our ‘rules’ for social interactions top of mind.

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