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Lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in B.C. since gatherings of 250 people banned

7 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death in B.C.
Speaking at her daily COVID-19 briefing, B.C.’s top doctor Bonnie Henry announces the case numbers in the province for Tuesday, May 12. Henry also confirms that there continue to be outbreaks in B.C.'s long-term care home and assisted living facilities.

Health officials reported only seven new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Tuesday, the lowest daily number since the province asked that gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled in a bid to slow the transmission of the coronavirus.

There are now 2,360 confirmed cases of the disease in the province. Of those, 1,832 cases have fully recovered. The province also announced one new death, at a long-term care facility in the Fraser Valley, bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 131.

B.C. health officials ask for feedback on COVID-19 experiences through a survey
B.C. health officials ask for feedback on COVID-19 experiences through a survey

Sixty-three patients are in hospital, while 16 patients remain in intensive care.

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there are no new community outbreaks to report.

B.C. government launches COVID-19 survey for feedback from British Columbians
B.C. government launches COVID-19 survey for feedback from British Columbians

The province also launched an online survey to better understand the people’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Participants can also opt to take part in a serology survey to help determine immunity among the population.

The survey can be found on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.

“We need to learn and prepare for the future and you can help us do this,” Dix said.

Henry said she’s heard from residents who fear a surge in cases as the economy begins to reopen, and that the province’s phased approach to easing restrictions is designed “to keep us all safe.”

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B.C. health officials advise against cruise ship travel this summer
B.C. health officials advise against cruise ship travel this summer

Restrictions on cruise ships will extend until at least July 1, she said in response a journalist’s question, and officials are not in favour of having cruise ships dock in B.C. anytime soon.