When it comes to COVID-19 and the number of cases, Vancouver Island and the Island Health region, appears to have fared better than other places.

But Island Health’s top doctor says people need to continue to take the virus seriously because it isn’t going away anytime soon.

In this edition of The New Normal, CHEK’s Stacy Ross speaks with Richard Stanwick, the chief medical officer with Island Health, about students returning to class and the future as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Stanwick says children benefit from structure and being school, pointing out that there are some children who depend on the school system for support services such as nutrition programs.

“These children, basically, have not had the advantage of those benefits beyond the normal education process,” he said adding, “Children will benefit if we can get the school system going again.”

Stanwick also talked about Island Health’s success with COVID-19. He says one reason why Island Health has done well with COVID-19 is because it has had the benefit of learning from the experiences of other health authority regions, such as Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

Watch this episode of The New Normal to hear the rest of our interview with Stanwick.

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