Provincial Update on COVID-19 (May 8)

Provincial Update on COVID-19 (May 8)

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (BC government flickr)

Sophie Gray

Local Journalism Initiative

Minister of Health Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The total number of cases in B.C. is now 2,315. The Interior Health region has 180 cases while there are 866 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,089 in Fraser Health, 125 in the Island Health region and 55 in Northern Health. Two cases from yesterday’s total in the Island Health region have been removed due to a data error.

Minister Dix and Dr. Henry also announced another death related to COVID-19. There have been no new outbreaks in the last 24 hours, but new cases at existing outbreaks continue to emerge.

“We must continue with what we have been doing, because it is working,” said Dix and Dr. Henry in a written joint statement. “Until we move into Phase 2, the orders, restrictions and guidance remain in place.”

The pair reminded people that physical distancing is here to stay and we must continue efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even over Mother’s Day and the upcoming long weekend.

“For now, avoid any close physical contact, unless your mother is in your immediate household. And if your mother is older, awaiting surgery or has an underlying illness, celebrate at a safe distance. Give your mother the gift of staying safe and healthy”

Phase two of B.C.’s reopening strategy begins after the May long weekend, with some businesses and services opening back up in compliance with social distancing and safety measures in place.