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No new deaths and 4 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

Bonnie Henry June 2, 2020.
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June 02, 2020 - 3:42 PM

COVID-19 is still in B.C., but the curve is remaining flat as the province enters the third week of its restart plan.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that there were only four new additional cases of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of cases in B.C. to 2,601.

Of those, 207 are active cases and 31 people are in hospital, with eight being in critical care or in the Intensive Care Unit.

No Interior Health hospital has a case of COVID-19 at the moment.

Dr. Henry said B.C. is entering its second incubation period and the slow and thoughtful reopening of businesses has shown many positive examples of how industries can operate safely and responsibly.

“All of us are getting a comfort level with how we can do this in ways that minimize our risk to ourselves or risk to the others around us and our risk to our communities,” she said.

“It is OK to move slowly, and at a pace that works for you, given your situation.”

Some measures that are becoming part of the new normal include incorporating barriers for safe physical distancing, one-way paths and employee training.

“These are all layers that we are using, so that we can get our society and our communities back up and running again safely,” she said.

Other businesses, she said, have been looking at where and how they can incorporate testing and screening for COVID-19, particularly for some of the businesses that are in more remote areas.

“We need to remember, however, testing does not replace the many steps that are required to keep everybody safe,” she said. “Relying on one layer, like testing, is not enough and will not keep people safe on its own.”

Testing right now, she said, can be unreliable, particularly for people who don't have symptoms or just mild symptoms.

“The tests are not that great at picking this up early on,” she said. “That's why testing alone does not insulate a business from needing to have a plan, and for us all to take those actions to prevent transmission. That includes safe physical distancing cleaning our hands regularly.”

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