COVID-19 Update May 13

BC COVID-19 Update May 13, 2020:

📊 There are 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. There are a total of 2,376 cases in BC. Of these, 385 are active cases. There are 1,137 cases in the Fraser Health region.

🏞 Many provincial parks (including Golden Ears!) will open for day-camping tomorrow, May 14. Let’s remember to keep our distance while we enjoy time outdoors.

💻 On Thursday from 1pm-2pm join me, MLA Lisa Beare, and other officials for a Local Economy Restart Zoom Webinar organized by the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association and the Chamber of Commerce Serving Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge. We will answer your questions on BC’s plan to restart our province. You can register for the webinar and submit your questions here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/register/WN_rYz82E0XTti8gazEzC4Ymg

🔴 I am saddened to inform that one more person has passed away from COVID-19 in BC. My thoughts are with their family, community, and their caregivers.

The BC Centre for Disease Control wants to hear from British Columbians about their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have opened a survey until May 31 which you can find at this link: http://www.bccdc.ca/…/diseases-con…/covid-19/covid-19-survey

✅ Today the government extended the Provincial State of Emergency for another 14 days. A moratorium on evictions and rent-freeze remain in effect.

Dr. Henry today gave concrete examples of what our new normal will look like. We need to each make responsible choices of who we bring into our “bubble”. Dr. Henry said we should focus on

– Location (is there enough space for everyone?)

– Duration (try to reduce the amount of time you are with others)

– Relation (am I bringing new people into my bubble? Do I share a household with anyone who is particularly at risk?)

If you are expanding your social bubble, keep your group small and consistent. Go out with the same group of people, not new groups.

If you are having a BBQ or a get-together at home, take a minute to think about how to do this safely – for example, arranging chairs so only households sit together. Avoid buffets and serve individual servings. Dr. Henry says to avoid hugging and kissing people outside of your household. Avoiding sharing fries, drinks, utensils, or food.

As a community, we stepped up when this pandemic began. Let’s re-commit to fight the spread of this pandemic and let’s learn about how to stay safe in this new chapter for our communities.

Be safe. Be well.

BC Government News: Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates.

For more information on Provincial government supports, please visit this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support