British Columbia’s health officials are set to provide the first COVID-19 case update since last Friday.
A press conference with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. A live stream will be available on CHEK’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Live at 3 p.m. PDT: Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, give an update on COVID-19 in British Columbia on Aug. 4, 2020.
The update will include the latest case numbers for Saturday, Sunday and Monday – the duration of the long weekend as officials took Monday off with the rest of the province.
During their previous update back on July 31, British Columbia saw a spike of 50 additional cases and one more death.
The daily jump was the largest number of new cases announced in the province since April 27.
The active case total moved to 278, while hospitalizations remained at five with two people in intensive care.
On Friday, there was one additional case announced in the Island Health region, bringing the total for the pandemic to 144 COVID-19 cases.
It was also revealed that there was a new health care facility outbreak at the Dania Home in the Fraser Health region, meaning there are now two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.
A community outbreak continues in Haida Gwaii, which has resulted in B.C. banning all non-residents from travelling to the archipelago in order to protect the community. The travel ban has triggered negative reactions from fishing lodges who operate in the area and depend on vacationers.
After seeing a big spike on Friday, there is seemingly a growing anxiety among parents on the idea of sending their children to school next month. An online petition has formed, gathering thousands of signatures, calling on the government to make school voluntary over mandatory.
A new story will be posted with the lastest numbers at 3 p.m.