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UPDATE: Dr. Bonnie Henry encourages British Columbians to spend time with mothers outside for Mother's Day

B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19, Saturday, April 4, 2020.
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May 09, 2020 - 12:09 PM

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is suggesting that we head outdoors to spend time with our mothers for Mother's Day, while keeping a safe physical distance away.

"Let’s show how much we care for them by ensuring we’re doing all we can do to keep them safe," she said during her regular live-streamed update Saturday, May 9. “Avoid that physical contact even if we know how much we all want and need that. Honour our mothers by keeping them safe.”

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10.

"If (your mother) is not part of your household right now, this is a great weekend to spend time with her outdoors and we’re lucky to have the weather to do that in many places in B.C. this weekend,” she said.

No new cases were reported in the Interior Health region today with the same 180 cases that were reported yesterday and 15 new cases were reported province-wide. Two new deaths in long-term care homes were reported since yesterday in the Vancouver Coastal area, Henry said.

There are 21 active outbreaks in long-term and assisted living and acute care homes in the province, Henry said, with 285 residents and 182 staff who have been affected. Nineteen outbreaks have been declared over including one more in the Fraser Health Authority since yesterday, she said.

A total of 2,330 cases have been reported in B.C. and 1,659 people have recovered, meaning 71 per cent of confirmed cases have recovered, Henry said. There are currently 69 people in hospital with COVID-19 and of those, 21 people are in the Intensive Care Unit.

This story was originally published at 12:10 p.m. It has since been updated at 1:10 p.m. to provide additional information on the number of cases in B.C.

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