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Dr. Bonnie Henry holding irregular COVID-19 update today

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July 17, 2020 - 2:40 PM

There have rarely been B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 briefings on Friday, but that is changing today.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is holding just such a media conference today, July 17. It is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Usually the ministry will send a media release on Fridays, rather than holding a live news conference.

The ministry isn't saying what today's media conference is about specifically, only that it is for an update on novel coronavirus. There is no mention of health minister Adrian Dix attending the briefing with Dr. Henry, which he normally does.

There is no indication from the province why the briefing schedule has changed to include the rare Friday live stream but there has been a troubling number of new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. at of late.

Dr. Henry has said that 25 new cases a day are getting near the limit of her comfort zone in terms of easing lockdown restrictions. There have been 27 new cases in each of the last two days.

As of yesterday, there were also 27 cases provincially associated with a community exposure in Kelowna around Canada Day on July 1, which includes 18 cases in Kelowna alone.

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