BC health officials to provide COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon

Nov 24 2020, 4:34 pm

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a written update on COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement comes after 1,933 new test-positive cases were announced between Friday and Monday. During a press conference on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 713 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 626 from Saturday to Sunday, and 594 from Sunday to Monday.

There are currently 7,360 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 10,200 people are under active public health monitoring due to identified exposure to known cases.

Additionally, 277 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 59 of whom are in intensive care.

On Monday, Dr. Henry also clarified the kinds of events that would be suspended under the new COVID-19 health orders.

The new order includes gatherings at hotels, restaurants, bars, movie theatres, and cinemas. Henry added that popular seasonal holiday events are also included.

“I know this means delaying the opening of some very great and well-thought-out seasonal events like the Holiday Train in Stanley Park and the Bouchart Garden Light Display, among many others, that had previously been approved across the province,” she said.

The few exceptions to cancelled events include funerals, weddings, and ceremonies such as baptisms, although those will have “increased restrictions on them.”

Events like City Council meetings and support group meetings have also not been explicitly cancelled, although Henry strongly advised hosting them virtually, if possible.

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