COVID-19 Update April 23, 2020:
📊 There are 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia. There are a total of 1,824 confirmed cases in BC. There are 760 cases in the Fraser Health region.
✅ 10 outbreaks at long-term care homes have now been declared over (no new cases within the two-week COVID-19 incubation period).
🔴 I am very saddened by the news of 4 more people having passed away due to COVID-19 in BC. My condolences and thoughts are with the families and communities who have lost their loved ones.
💵 Online applications for the one-time, tax-free $1,000 BC Emergency Benefit for Workers will open on Friday May 1st. Most people who are eligible for the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are also eligible for the BCEBW. Applications over the phone will begin on May 4. A link to the application portal will be available at www.gov.bc.ca/workerbenefit
🔬The federal government has announced over $1.1 billion in funding for research on a COVID-19 vaccine.
In the words of the Minister of Health Adrian Dix, “we need to reboot BC without rebooting the virus”. As Dr. Henry mentioned, this is not forever, but this is for now, we will get through this storm working together. We still have work to do before we can safely open up our communities. We have already done so much together to fight this pandemic. Thank you for your efforts, together, we can continue to keep the curve flat!
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