British Columbia’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix provided an update on the latest COVID-19 cases in the province and discussed the government’s ongoing response to the pandemic on Thursday.
Dr. Henry reported 33 new COVID-19 cases in the province, as well as two new deaths. Both individuals were in long term care homes.
The province’s death toll is now at 126, with a total of 2,288 confirmed cases. About 66 per cent of those patients have fully recovered.
As of Thursday, B.C. reported 76 people in hospital with COVID-19, 20 of whom are in intensive care.
Earlier in the day, the province unveiled its plan to resume scheduled surgeries, after approximately 30,000 were cancelled to ensure hospital capacity in the case of a surge of COVID-19 cases.
On Wednesday, B.C. also unveiled its plan to restart the economy, which would see many sectors — including restaurants and hair stylists — resume work in mid-May.
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