Over 165,000 people have completed British Columbia’s new COVID-19 survey, according to health officials.
The survey, titled “Your story, our future,” was released online earlier this week by the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is asking for as many British Columbians as possible to participate and says that she’s grateful for everyone that has so far.
“Thank you to everyone who has completed the province-wide “Your story, our future” survey,” she said on Thursday afternoon. “As of this morning, more than 165,000 people so far have taken the survey and I strongly encourage you to spread the word to friends and family.”
BC health officials explained on Thursday that they were seeking participants of all ages and from all parts of the province. In turn, the response will help guide the decisions made by the province in the coming weeks and months.
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“It indicates, I think, the commitment of people in BC to supporting this effort, to doing what they can in every way to support this effort to fight COVID-19,” says Health Minister Adrian Dix.
Dix explains that the responses provide “the maximum amount of information necessary to guide us through the coming weeks and months and year.”
The survey asks questions such as whether you’ve experienced a coronavirus related illness, actions taken to prevent the spread of the virus, challenges faced during the pandemic, and your overall wellbeing.
Participants are also asked about two key future initiatives at the end of the survey: a blood test to determine immunity across BC, as well as the future use of apps and other digital tools to better manage the virus.
The survey can be found on the BCCDC website. Participants without online access or needing language assistance can also call 1-833-707-1900.