British Columbia reported 15 more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, as it saw the number of cases in hospital dip for the first time in more than two weeks.
The province has extended all other restrictions, including the 50-per-cent capacity limit for all venues, and keeping bars and clubs closed, until they are reviewed Feb. 16.
On Thursday, officials recorded five new outbreaks in care facilities, leaving the province with 53 outbreaks in health-care settings — nine of which were in hospitals.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside will speak at 11:30 a.m.
Hundreds of viewers submitted questions for Global BC’s first COVID-19 town hall of 2022 on topics including vaccines, the Omicron variant, and public health restrictions.
“A lot of people will get sick. We are seeing this now,” Henry said. “Your vaccine will protect most people from serious illness and hospitalization.”
New Year’s Eve will once again look a lot different this year with bars and nightclubs closed across the province and restaurants restricted to six people at a table.
This high number of cases was cited as being the “worst-case scenario” when the province unveiled its modelling numbers on Dec. 14.
A company owned by the former president and his family managed the hotel, which is owned by the Holborn Group. They plan to open it under a new name.