B.C. enacts health order restricting overnight camps for youth

B.C. enacts health order restricting overnight camps for youth

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Times-Chronicle Staff

Eleven new positive COVID-19 tests were reported by B.C. health authorities Saturday, as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry enacted a new  health order restricting the operation of overnight camps for children and youth this summer.

“Such camps often have large numbers coming from many different areas, campers and counsellors and they often take place in more remote areas. Physical distancing is very much a challenge in these situations,” Henry said. “I know that that’s a disappointment for many groups who are used to having that important part of their summer, but I would encourage everybody to focus on arranging day camps where staying outside in smaller groups is far easier to do.”

Two outbreaks in long-term care facilities were declared over on Saturday, Evergreen House North Vancouver and Haro Park Complex Care in Vancouver, one of the earlier outbreaks in B.C.

“We know residents were severely impacted by COVID-19 very early on in our pandemic. So this is very good news,” Henry said.

There are 2,573 total positive COVID-19 tests in the province, 195 in the Interior Health region, and 228 active cases in B.C., of which 35 are in hospital and five people are in critical care or Intensive Care Units (ICU). There are 2,181 people who have fully recovered in B.C.

B.C. has 14 active outbreaks as of May 30 with 13 in long-term care and assisted living facilities, one in an acute care facility, with no new community outbreaks announced Saturday.

No new deaths were reported Saturday as Henry said numbers continue to stay low in the second week of B.C.’s economic restart.

“And that is very good news. That’s very encouraging, but these new cases continue to be our elders in care, and there continues to be low, but some spread, in our community. This tells us we still need to be cautious, we need to proceed with care. We need to keep doing what we are doing to prevent transmission,” Henry said.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 education will continue in-class this week, Henry noted, saying the province is “ready for this.”

“And we are opening schools because we believe it is safe to do so,” Henry said.