B.C.’s top doctor emphasizes COVID-19 precautions heading into holiday season

B.C.'s top doctor emphasizes COVID-19 precautions heading into holiday season
Province of BC


VICTORIA – British Columbia’s provincial health officer says officials are considering the “harmonization” of COVID-19 restrictions across the province heading into winter.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the basics will be the same for everyone heading into a challenging period when “we don’t want this virus to take off again.”

Henry told a news conference Tuesday she expects there will be some additional restrictions in areas where transmission remains high and immunization rates are low, such as the Northern Health region, parts of the Interior and the eastern Fraser Valley.

She says colder weather is pushing people indoors for gatherings and it’s important that people take extra precautions, including wearing face coverings.

Henry says she anticipates that Health Canada will be issuing recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 11 years old soon, and that there will be enough doses for more than 300,000 kids in that age range.

B.C. reported one more death and 338 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday for a total of 3,568 active infections across the province, including 376 people in hospital.


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