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Health officials: BC is ready for next phase

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:56 PDT, Thu June 25, 2020

British Columbians should approach Phase 3 with confidence rather than fear, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today.

The COVID-19 curve has been flattened within the province, and new case numbers are low while social interactions are slowly increasing. With the transition into the next phase, more parts of the economy can reopen including the film industry, hotels and spas.

Clear safety protocols already established will carry us forward for the remainder of this year and into the next, until an effective treatment or vaccine is in place, Henry said.

These protocols include continued use or protective layers, always staying home when ill, fewer faces and bigger spaces, physical barriers and one-way pathways, increased hand washing and cleaning, maintaining a safe physical distance from others and using non-medical masks when distancing is challenging.

As Phase 3 comes into effect, some individuals may choose to limit their social interactions and some communities may decide that it is best for visitors to come at another time. 

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also announced 20 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 2,869 cases in British Columbia.

There were two new deaths related to the virus, but no new healthcare or community outbreaks.

There are 179 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,517 people who tested positive have recovered.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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