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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 20 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,869 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 179 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,517 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 15 individuals are hospitalized, seven of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 970 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,504 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 199 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There has been two new COVID-19 related deaths, one in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and one in the Fraser Health region for a total of 173 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute care facility have active outbreaks.

"There have been no new community outbreaks. Public health teams continue to provide support for the two remaining community locations.

"Of the new cases announced today, one adult has been linked to a public school in the Fraser Health region. Being ready for this is something we planned for, and public health and education teams were able to quickly respond. Close contacts have been notified and no students are connected.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 19 + 1 epi linked case

Total Cases – 2,869 (2,849)

Active Cases - 172 (162)

Patients in Hospital – 15 (14)

Patients in ICU – 7 (7)

Recovered – 2,517 (2,516)

New Deaths – 2

Totals Deaths – 173 (171)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 970 (963)

Fraser – 1,504 (1,491)

Island – 131 (131)

Interior – 199 (199)

Northern – 65 (65)

More to come.

 

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Toastmasters

Back in 2012, Merritt’s Toastmasters group folded after losing interest from the community. Now eight years later, Al Lens is hoping to bring it back.

Recently, Al joined Q101 to discuss his push to see a club return to the area.

“Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that helps people to communicate better, helps them to get more confident, and become leaders,” said Al.

Lens himself has been part of Toastmaster clubs since the 1990s.

“Officially to charter a club we need to have 20 members, but that doesn’t mean we can't start without 20,” added Al.

“The meetings, basically there are certain roles that you have to do, there are people that have to evaluate other people and of course you have to give speeches,” said Al.

Those looking to find out more about the program and visit Toastmasters.org or email Al at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 14 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,849 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 162 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,516 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 14 individuals are hospitalized, seven of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 963 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,491 in the Fraser Health region, 131 in the Island Health region, 199 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.

"There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 171 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.

"There have been no new community outbreaks and the outbreak at Maersk Distribution Canada Inc. in Delta has been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support for the two remaining community locations.

"We have worked hard to find the balance in British Columbia: to flatten our curve, keep new cases low and safely increase our social interactions by continuing to follow our core, foundational rules.

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The government has also formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response. The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on July 7, 2020, allowing government to continue to take the necessary steps to keep British Columbians safe.

"We're extending the provincial state of emergency, while we work to keep the economy moving and provide more opportunities for B.C. businesses to welcome our communities back," Farnworth said. "We've also introduced legislation that will allow us to put longer-term solutions in place, so we can continue to provide the support British Columbians need to get through this crisis."

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British Columbians are taking the next step in BC's Restart Plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province.

"Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of British Columbians, and under the guidance of the provincial health officer, we are now entering Phase 3 of our four-phase restart plan," said Premier John Horgan. "As we carefully turn up the dial on our activity, we can now look to travel safely around the province. But as we hit the open roads this summer, we must remember we are not leaving COVID-19 behind, and we need to continue to do our part to bend the curve and protect the progress we've made."

British Columbians who wish to travel within B.C. this summer are advised to plan ahead and be respectful while visiting communities, especially smaller and rural towns.

"Like other activities during our COVID-19 pandemic, summer holidays and travel will be different this year," Premier Horgan said. "We are asking British Columbians to be respectful of the communities you travel to and do your research before you leave. We will help people get the tools and information they need to navigate this new normal safely."

Most of the businesses listed in Phase 3 of B.C.'s Restart Plan now have the guidance they need to safely begin to open. WorkSafeBC, public health officials and industry representatives have developed guidelines for hotels and resorts, parks, the film industry and select entertainment, like movie theatres, and businesses in these sectors have already begun to open with COVID-19 safety plans in place.

"We've succeeded in flattening the curve by working together, but COVID-19 will continue to be in our province until we have an effective treatment or vaccine. By staying vigilant and following our foundational rules, we can safely do many of the things that we enjoy for the months to come," said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

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