COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020

According to the BCCDC, COVID-19 risk in BC is currently very low.

11 new cases in BC (total: 2541; Δ 0.4%)
897 VCH (prev: 894; Δ 3; 0.3%; 35.3% of all)
1261 FHA (prev: 1253; Δ 8; 0.6%; 49.6% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.6% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
62 NHA (prev: 62; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.4% of all)
Total Active Cases: 258; 10.2% of total
Δ -9 (-0.4%)

37 Hospitalized (prev: 37; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.5% of total)
7 ICU (prev: 7; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.3% of total)
2122 recovered (prev: 2102; Δ 20; 1.0%; 83.5% of total)
161 deaths to date (prev: 161; Δ 0; 0.0%; 6.3% of total)
Recovery Rate: 83.5% Δ 0.4%


  • Most regions have reported very few cases in recent weeks.
  • No deaths were reported today.
  • The vast majority of recent cases had a known source of infection.
  • The proportion of people who tested positive remains low.
  • The number of reported cases among children remains low, few required hospitalization and none have died.
  • Few outbreaks were reported recently.
  • The number of cases in hospital and critical care continues to decrease.


“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Richmond Hospital is now declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“We know that COVID-19 continues to be in all of our communities and will be for some time. We also know that transmission occurs when in close contact with others, so the measures we have in place are the best things we can do to slow the spread of the virus.

“While we have worked hard to flatten our curve, as we increase our social interactions and spend more time with others, we may see an increase in new cases. This is because the illness often can be mild or asymptomatic in the early stages, which means people may not realize they are sick.

“The faster we can identify and trace new cases, the better we will all be – especially as we ease restrictions.

“Public health contact tracing follows the transmission trail to quickly alert close contacts to take precautions and break the chain.

“We can help our public health teams and support each other by keeping our household bubbles small. We can also do our own ‘contact tracing’ by paying attention to where we are going each day and who we are seeing.

“As we go forward, our ‘new normal’ is different and will be for some time. We all have a role to play to be successful in B.C. and it relies on our shared commitment and effort. Bigger spaces with fewer faces will keep all of us safe.”

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