BC health officials to share updated COVID-19 epidemiological modelling

Nov 12 2020, 8:42 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon, including updated epidemiological modelling.

Cases across the province have been on the rise over the past two weeks, prompting regional restrictions to be put in place.

BC’s last update, which was issued on Tuesday afternoon, saw 525 new cases announced. Prior to that, 998 cases were announced across the province between Sunday and Monday.

British Columbia’s last epidemiological update took place in early October, a week before Thanksgiving.

During the modelling presentation, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that BC had “started to flatten our curve,” crediting residents for keeping “safe connections” that contributed to a decrease in transmission.

At the time, dynamic compartmental modelling showed that on average, less than one person was infected for each new case of coronavirus. It was also estimated that BC’s average rate of infectious contacts was around 45% of normal.

Thursday’s update is scheduled to begin at 3 pm and will be presented by Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

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