Wear a mask if physical distancing is difficult, government says

Wear a mask if physical distancing is difficult, government says

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

Times-Chronicle Staff

Government officials are telling people that wearing non-medical masks or cloth face coverings is the right thing to do when physical distancing is a challenge.

In today’s COVID-19 update, Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said wearing these masks is a good way to protect people around you. For example, when you are on public transit.

“We have to remember that face coverings keep our droplets in and don’t prevent transmission from others,” said Dix and Henry in a joint statement.

“The best ways for us to stay safe is to wash our hands, maintain a safe physical distance from others and keep our ‘rules’ for social interactions top of mind.”

Dix and Henry reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 today (an increase of 19 from yesterday), for a total of 2,467 cases in British Columbia.

There are 317 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,001 people who have fully recovered from the virus.

Of the total cases, 43 individuals are hospitalized, 10 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There are now 182 cases in the Interior Health region.

Dix and Henry reported three new COVID-19 deaths today, one in Vancouver Coastal Health region and two in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 149 deaths in B.C.

There has been one new outbreak at an assisted-living facility in Mission. In total, 15 long-term care and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.

Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks in the poultry sector, at the Mission correctional centre and to the Kearl Lake oil sands plant in Alberta.

Henry and Dix continue to encourage people to take part in the government’s survey that 286,000 British Columbians have already completed. The secure survey asks people for their personal experience with COVID-19.

The survey is available at www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

 

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