COVID-19 Update May 4, 2020:
📊 Today’s update represents two different periods. From Saturday to Sunday there were 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the last 24 hours there were 19 new confirmed cases. There are a total of 2,224 cases in BC. There are 1,027 cases in the Fraser Health region.
📉 Dr. Henry today gave a modelling presentation about who is being affected by COVID-19 in BC, how social distancing has helped curb the spread of COVID-19, and different models of how restrictions might be eased. Dr. Henry’s full presentation can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Covid-19_May4_PPP.pdf…
🔴 Sadly, 3 more people have passed away due to COVID-19 in BC. I am thinking about all their communities and families in this incredibly difficult time.
✅ To ease financial hardship on businesses and to keep employees connected with their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, government has extended the temporary layoff period to 16 weeks for COVID-19 related reasons (13 weeks was previously considered a permanent layoff).
❗ This week is #MentalHealthWeek. If you or someone you know needs support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can find a full list of mental health supports including for youth at this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/mental-h…/virtual-supports-covid-19
As Dr. Henry and Minister Dix mentioned, we cannot open too soon, too quickly, or too much. Getting to this point has been hard, and I thank you all for your efforts. However, as Minister Dix said, we cannot reverse our progress – we must continue to socially distance, maintain good hygiene, and stay home.
Be safe. Be well.
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