Coronavirus: B.C. reports 13 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths | FULL

published on July 20, 2020

Good afternoon my name is adrian dix mbc's minister of health to my right is dr bonnie henry bc's provincial health officer this is our kovit 19 briefing for tuesday july 14th uh and i want to acknowledge that we're on

The territory of the le kuang and speaking people of the sangees and the esquimalt first nations tomorrow wednesday july 15th we'll be presenting a written briefing at around three

O'clock on thursday dr henry and i will be here in person on july 16th on friday there will be a written briefing and then there'll be no briefing on the

Weekend then on monday we'll be providing some information that dr henry will be presenting working with the bccdc about information around serology testing information around the

Survey that we did back of 375 000 british columbians back in may and with that it's my honor to introduce dr bonnie henry thank you good afternoon uh today we have a total of 13

New cases who have tested positive uh for covet 19 in bc bringing our total and british columbia into 3128 people with coven 19 that includes 1015 people in the vancouver coastal health region 1 649 people who live in the fraser

Health region 135 people in the vancouver island health region 212 people in the interior health region 65 in the northern health region and 52 people

Who are residents from outside of canada we have no new health care related outbreaks we continue to have three active outbreaks in the health care system two long-term care facilities and one in

Acute care facility we've had an increase of three cases in our health care outbreaks bringing our total to 399 residents who have tested positive and 252 staff

We have no new active community outbreaks today although yesterday we announced one outbreak in the crazy cherry farm in the interior health region of bc

We've also had as you are you know doughed aware several community exposure vents in the interior particularly in the city of kelowna and if you have been at any of the

Locations where community exposures have been we are requiring people to monitor carefully for symptoms limit your contact with others during this incubation period

And contact 811 if you have any symptoms at all there has been as well direction from interior health for people who were in certain places to self-isolate during that

Incubation period i do also um want to remind people that food is not a source of transmission of covet 19 for the most part and in particular we are confident there

Is no risk from cherries that have been processed at the crazy cherry farm in interior health the processes have been reviewed by agriculture and the cfia and they are safe and i will remind

People that we don't have any evidence of transmission from packaging or from food but that we should always wash things carefully and wash our hands so we now have 209 active cases in british columbia

Of whom 14 people are in hospital five of whom are in critical care or icu we have no new deaths today leaving our total of 189 people who've died from coven 19 and 2 730 people who are now recovered

With every increase in our activity the potential that for covet 19 transmission increases as well and we know that we've known that as we've restarted

Over the phased approach that we've taken in the last few months and the number of new cases of covet 19 in the recent days is evidence of this and we've had more than we're used to seeing

In the last few days this is not unexpected and is a reflection of a number of things one is that we are getting out more we are being more active and we are unfortunately transmitting

This disease but we are also monitoring closely and public health teams are actively working to manage every single case and make sure we find all of those close contacts

Who are at risk we know there will be cases but we need to ensure we can contact trace quickly and that's how we all need to do our part to slow the spread

And keep the pace the cases to a manageable level so that we can continue to do the things that we are doing we're now past that first incubation period since canada day and since we moved into phase

Three this means having a heightened awareness to symptoms is incredibly important there may be other people out there right now who are at parties on canada day who had

Been in contact with somebody who had this disease over the last couple of weeks and you may have mild symptoms if you have any concerns at all you can be tested anywhere in bc and

That's important right now we need to continue to minimize our cases manage them effectively with public health teams and modify our activities as we

Need to do to make sure that we can continue to safely get out in a boat and open up we absolutely can get out there and be active but we

Need you to do that safely and we know that we know how to do this here in bc it is important to remember that you if you have an underlying health condition or are older you are at higher risk

Of having severe illness and we also see from other places where they've had a surge in cases that the more people that get sick the more likely there's going to be people who are going

To have more severe illness who are going to die from this you may not be aware of the health issues of all of your family and friends perhaps they're not even aware that they

May have a condition that makes them at high risk but you can take precautions to protect them and to protect yourselves though remembering wherever you go we bring our risk with us

So if we've had a lot of people that we've been in contact with with we bring that risk with us if we're going to visit our grandparents or if we're going to visit friends who may have health issues we

Know that coven 19 symptoms can be mild making it very easy to spread the virus to those that we're close with and those that we're close to that's why it is so important that we all stay away stay home skip those

Parties skip that travel if we're not feeling 100 percent well there that means that you will have the opportunity to go another day we need to recommit

To the basics of fewer faces and bigger spaces and we need to stay away from those higher risk environments or if we are in those higher risk environments make sure that we're doing

Things that make it safer and that includes staying away from closed spaces as much as possible outdoors is better than indoors keeping your group small this is important whether you are inside or

Outside if it's a host party you may not know all of the people who are there and you may not know the risks that they're bringing with them as well there are a number of things that we

Have in place in restaurants in bars in places in our community to keep people safe and these are not rules to be skirted these are the things that we need to have in place

To protect customers to protect staff the requirement in restaurants for more no more than six people in a group is very important and it's done deliberately so that we keep those groups small

Enough that they're not posing a risk to staff or to others in that area it's a good guideline for our social interactions as well and just like in a restaurant that

Doesn't mean having a big group and splitting and table hopping and mixing so in a private setting again you need to be aware that the more people that you're in contact with then you are spreading your bubble wider

And that can increase your risk so from the get-go we have said stay outside as much as possible maintain your safe physical distance from everyone

Other than your close household bubble this still applies and when it's difficult to do that we need to use those layers of protection that we've come to know so making sure that we keep

Our numbers small keep our safe distance wearing a mask if we're in particularly inside spaces where we can't always maintain that distance know who you've let into your bubble

Make sure you clean your hands regularly and stay home if you're not feeling well we have in british columbia sacrificed much to flatten our curve and let's not lose sight of that effort as we head into the coming months

We need to be able to keep doing what we're doing to have our social our emotional our economic interactions so pause assess make sure you know what you need to do

To address the risks before you think about how you're feeling be aware of the risks you were exposing yourself to and the people you are close to and let's do the right thing

As we have been doing for ourselves our loved ones our communities and the province and let's of course continue to be how we have been to be kind to be calm

And to be safe thank you very much dr henry um it's of course always good news on any day when we don't announce anyone has passed away from covet 19 which is

True today we're announcing zero deaths today from coven 19 we do know that yesterday we provided a written statement two people passed away over the weekend over the previous three days

In care in british columbia at holy family and that was i know a significant loss for the community of care at that facility a significant loss for the for uh

For the friends and family and for the whole community and we pass on our condolences to to those two families those two people's families and community of france

And to the 189 others who've passed away from kova 19 in british columbia since the beginning of the pandemic as dr henry has said we have 14 people still in hospital that's nine

In fraser health and five in vancouver coastal health this number is stable from yesterday and down from friday i wanted to note that people are continuing to resume their use of the health care system we had

Yesterday 6212 visits to emergency rooms across bc in two health authorities the interior health authority and the vancouver islands health authority the use of emergency rooms is actually

Above what it was on march 9th which we've been using as the standard and the other three is still below that but what it shows is that our health care centers our hospitals our acute care hospitals our

Health care professionals are extraordinarily busy not just dealing with the pandemic as it is in bc at this time but also with the many other challenges

That people are facing with their health both physical and mental i wanted to bring you an update it being tuesday on on ppe in british columbia as we've

Done consistently the beginning of the week for some time just to bring you up to date from where we are we were right up to july 6 from the end of march the following

Ppe has arrived in bc just just over 5 million 940 000 n95 or equivalent respirators put that in context about 331 000 or 5 of those are from the federal government's bulk procurement

Almost 23 million surgical or procedure masks 23 million pieces of eye protection 53 million pairs of gloves 2 million 900 000 gallons many of the items i've just listed are in our testing process

To make sure product their products meet or exceed safety requirements before being used in bc's healthcare system today i can tell you that over the past week and this goes from monday july 6 when we

Last reported to monday july the 13th we've received the following 90 184 n95 or equivalent respirators 2 million 22 750 surgical or procedure mass 2 million 939

555 pairs of gloves and 32 350 gallons we'll continue to source and test our ppe and are working hard to pursue any and all credible leads for safe and effective product as well as working with

Other governments and with the private sector to see the development of ppe manufacturing in canada and i wanted to say that that work continues not just to prepare us for the coming months

But also to ensure that we have a a reservoir of supply that will take us through the next year so the work continues right now we're buying and acquiring more ppe than our current needs but that is to

Build up a base for for our stockpile and for the future i wanted to note uh reports which i understand uh come out of ottawa to say that the extension of the closure to visitors of

The canada us border has been extended another month we understand this is uh the case and this is obviously positive and necessary news everybody who lives in british columbia knows how inconvenient and how difficult that

Is for many businesses and many individuals for a variety of circumstances living in bc but they also know the absolute necessity in this time of continuing to take those

Actions i wanted to note that we continue to see in neighboring jurisdictions all our neighboring jurisdictions increases in cases whether it's canadian problems for east alberta or

Others washington and oregon and california in nevada in arizona and in other american states we've seen record days of new cases of cobit 19

Recently we obviously are very supportive of the efforts of public health in those jurisdictions to address was a very challenging situation and are supporting them

As well we clearly need to maintain uh the current situation at the borders can maintain that it be closed to visitors for now and in for the the near future in any event i wanted to note that in

Closing other jurisdictions do and we see this in our news i think offer up images of how of different choices that were made with respect to covet 19

And we've heard in other jurisdictions a second lockdown lockdown 20 is considered or is underway it's difficult to watch that unfold it's difficult because we live in one world difficult because this is a world

Pandemic and these are places close to us and close to our hearts our approach in bc has been uniquely ours our response to covet 19 was early our renewal was thoughtful our commitment to stopping the spread

Was 100 percent all in our individual and collective actions have made the difference along the way in our bc pandemic in our fight to stop the spread we learn that indecision is the

Acquaintance of covid19 inconsistency is its friend and bad decisions are its closest ally covet 19 finds those gaps and pounces and here or anywhere that makes people sick

And it can cost lives the lives of people that we love all of us adults children everyone our responsibility is clear our duty is defined stop the spread of covet 19 stop the

Spread in our community stop the spread when we travel within bc stop the spread dr henry reminded us of some of those things that we can do today to play our part in the fighting cl

Against coven 19 what we must do in our bc pandemic and right now we must remember we must continue to remember bend the curve not the rules unfriend the behavior that

Spreads covet 19 and follow the rules we know will keep us safe they thank you very much we're happy to take your questions thank you minister as a

Reminder to everybody on the phone please press star one to enter the queue you are limited to one question and one follow-up only please also take your phones off mute you will not be audible until i call your name

First question is from david molko ctv hi folks a question from my colleague john woodward actually and this is database this question is why did ppe supplies in bc's health authorities drop

By two-thirds between 2013 and 2019 so why did that happen and what are we doing big picture long term to make sure that supply loss or supply shortage never happens again

Yeah i'm not entirely sure what you're referring to but if you're referring to we have and have had a pandemic stockpile that was developed many years ago but was

Was enhanced in 2009 when we had the h1n1 pandemic and it became a provincial managed stockpile in around 2012-2013 so perhaps that's what you're referring to

There was many things in that stockpile that had been purchased during and after the pandemic in 2009 some of them were no longer products that were used and some of them were products that had

Expired before they could be replaced so there was a diminution of that pandemic stockpile for sure and it was something that we were working on it was uh it was an area that i had

Flagged a number of years ago and that we were continuing to build up as you can imagine it's a challenge to build up um insurance policies during a time of peace but um

We did have a still a manageable stockpile and again in 2014 when we had the ebola outbreak in west africa and the preparedness that we did here we increased again some of the supplies

In that stockpile but you're right many of them had expired or were no longer the things that we needed to use as practices evolved and you know we also

Went through different changes in the structure of the stockpile we had health shared services bc and they went through different administrative changes but we do again early on in this in

January we brought together all of the the different pieces that were provincially managed and did a a rapid inventory of what was in on hand so there are stockpiles that are

In each health authority within each hospital and then there's the provincially managed uh stockpile so we never got to the point where we had shortages but we absolutely did need to

Keep it managed centrally so that there wasn't hoarding in different areas and we know we've heard before that there was a dramatic increase in use of some particularly respirators and mass early

On in this related primarily to people's concerns about being potentially exposed and we put in place an ethically based framework to ensure that

We could manage what we had having said that we don't want to be in that position again and this has made it very clear how challenging it is to to obtain the equipment that we're used

To using and need to use in the health care system during a pandemic like this so that is why all of the effort has been going in in the last seven months to making sure that we are well prepared for the future

We um we have to see obviously the information you're presenting and uh because obviously we use significant amount of ppe every year so the amount we've used hasn't diminished by two-thirds as you'd expect and

Therefore the amount we purchased hasn't but i uh so i if the question is about stockpile pile what i can tell you uh is that what we've done we've brought everyone

Together under the direction the provincial health services authority the ministry of health and we've i think those people have done an exceptional job

In these circumstances uh of of obtaining a supply provincially of ppe that's really extraordinary and so hard to comment on facts that aren't presented directly and seem a little bit unclear

But what i can tell you is that this is obviously a significant part of our effort and we're continuing to build and we'll be continuing to build both the stockpile of ppe that we have

And also and also ensuring and securing regular supply of pp and the other issue in canada i think is working with other jurisdictions working with the federal government and working with private

Industry to ensure that the situation that we saw with supply chain is mitigated in future by a canadian market for many of these supplies and i

Think in several areas in particular in the case of surgical and procedure masks in the case of of eye protection the case of gloves some success has happened already and i

Know a lot of work is going into n95 respirators i think all of that is really important the final thing i think that makes what bc did with respect to ppe different early from other jurisdictions

Is that we have six health authorities in the first nations health authority all who are involved in those decisions there's not a large group of people involved under the

Direction of of steve brown who's the deputy minister of health and dr henry and working together on both the issues of the utilization of ppe and also issues of supply of ppe and

They were able to bring that together and then incorporate for example long-term care homes whose own supply chains have broken down into our supply chains all of those were

Effective actions be happy to look at any material you wanted to show us do you have a follow-up david i don't but i'll circle back to you guys with the with the data so you can

Respond uh more uh more specifically i appreciate it next question is from nick johansen castanet hi dr henry i'm just looking for some

Clarity on this out uh this exposure event here in kelowna um just about the what we know about the timeline so far my understanding is that six people from outside of the ih region brought

The brought this uh coca-19 exposure into the region into kelowna um was this a single group of people or were there several unconnected cases and what is the total number of cases related to this event

At this time yeah so my understanding from the investigation work that is ongoing that interior health has been doing and that we've been doing in public health around the the province and also

With other provinces is that it was a group of people who knew each other who met up in kelowna some of whom were from interior health some were from

Alberta i understand and some were from the lower mainland so it was a single group and it was introduced in that group as far as i'm aware the number of cases is at 17

But not all of them are in people who reside in interior health there's some from vancouver coastal some from fraser health as well the the details are still being worked out and that's

The work we do in the contact tracing is piecing together exactly who had contact with who when and there are obviously a number of people in kelowna now who have been exposed to

Those events do you have a follow-up nick yes i do i think anyone who's been in the downtown corp colon over the past few weekends uh can see that a lot of people aren't taking a lot of these physical

Distancing rules seriously uh for a restaurant and bar employees who were doing their best to maintain the rules and i guess my alcohol's involved a lot of people

May not take them as seriously as they would in other situations what recourse does a restaurant employee have when they're faced with someone who's blatantly flouting these rules

I know it's a very challenging situation and i've had some conversations with uh restaurant employees and owners about this you know where people come in with a group of 20 and want to

Sit at several tables together and you know that is a risk to people who are working in that environment and there's reasons why we have these smaller numbers right now and this is what's going to get us

Through this next year the last thing we want is to have transmission going on in places like restaurants and bars and nightclubs or you know at resorts and parties because those are the places that we

We need to keep those businesses going we need to give outlets for people to go out there so i am telling as we have been from the very beginning you know these are people need to be on

Their best behavior they need to follow these rules it's for your safety as well as for the safety of people who work there if workers themselves are concerned um worksafebc does inspections of

Of covet safety plans every restaurant every night club every place that you go needs to have one of these plans so go to the places that have a reasonable plan

And then we all need to do our bit as well to make sure that we are following the rules when we do go um if you have concerns as well you can talk to local public health if you're a pub

Member of the public with a concern about a a facility or a restaurant or a bar or any of the other areas where people are congregating now next question is from gordon hoekstra

Vancouver son well this is a question for dr henry uh thank you for taking my question um i noticed that that was let's see like not this today but the previous five days uh

There was cases of either 20 or above 20 and if you look back at the numbers going back to may i don't believe that there was a handful of times when it reached 20 but not in you know in five days in a row

Should the public be concerned in this up of this uptick in in cases i know it was distressing to me to see 20 especially 25 one day that's way above my comfort zone um but it is

Not as we've talked about it's not unexpected and we do know where those cases are that is the the other piece that we're trying to balance here is us increasing our travel increasing our

Contacts in a measured way but us in public health being able to respond when we have clusters where we have cases making sure we can find those links and find people

Who are exposed so that they can stay away from others and we can stop those transmission chains so that's the work that we're doing and that's why we are you know the reason we have that

Number of people is because we're finding people who are connected and to me it's a it's a positive thing as well it means we're doing that work we're testing the people who need to be tested

People are paying attention to it but it is cautionary to us that as we start to go out more and as you recall this is sort of as we're getting into the the second week of the

First incubation period since we moved to phase three that's when we knew we were going to start to see people um cases increase i will also say that you know many of those

A good portion of those cases are related to the ongoing outbreak and a long-term care home at holy family unfortunately both in staff and residents and so you know that that is something that we

Are also very much actively managing do you have a follow-up gordon uh is it is there any way to know like in terms of when we see the numbers bounce up and down

Like how they're related to the you know that kind of 65 percent of normal interactions is there a level when we see cases hit a certain point that we would know that we are going beyond that kind of uh

You know interaction that is sort of being modeled that would give you some kind of comfort that we're not going to get you know a big upswing well the modeling is not that

Precise in that it you can't do it on a day-by-day basis but we do follow it weekly and so i was looking at the the update of the model yesterday and and we still are are skirting that

Line we're right around the 65 percent um the rt the reproductive number has been hovering around one what we talked about last time when we have small numbers and and thankfully 20 is still small numbers

Given our population um and we we need to remember that many of these are linked so if we're seeing a whole if it was 25 cases that were popping up in the community that weren't linked that

Weren't linked to either you know the holy family outbreak or other outbreaks that would be more worrisome but many of these are linked and that's the work of public health to help us understand that

And where that where we can find people and where we can trace them so we are hovering around one which is sort of pushing the limits of where we want to be so this is this is going to be our dance

Over the next few months where we do what we can do we travel we have those social interactions but we do it in a measured and thoughtful way so that we can find people quickly

So making sure we know the people that we're with or that if we're in a restaurant or a nightclub that we're able to contact people and that helps us make sure that people know if they're at risk

So they can prevent transmitting it to the people they're closest to but that is absolutely going to be our our dance if you will for the next few months tanya fletcher cbc

Hi dr henry um with some of the recent community exposures linked to groups of people gathering indoors for day parties or celebrations like you saw in kelowna uh is it time to reconsider allowing indoor gatherings with a

Maximum fill of 50 people and if we could get an answer in french as well please thanks yeah you know there's lots of concerns about that and i look at what's happening in

In well particularly in the united states but even in montreal where they've had bars and nightclubs where there's been huge numbers of people and what we are working at is you know we've

Been consistent with 50 50 is a reasonable number as i've said many times there's no magic or science behind it it's a it's a number that we think we can follow people we can find people

We can do the contact tracing and it's also a number where you can maintain physical distancing as much as possible in many situations so we have no plans on changing that what we are looking at

Are what are the things that we need to do to make those closed spaces where 50 is actually quite a big number safer so things like making sure you have an idea of who's in that group and

If you're having a party like in a resort in kelowna and you know we we are spontaneous particularly young people and they invite people that they may not know but making sure you have some way of

Contacting them and this is one of those places where where one of our notification apps may be helpful and we're looking at how we can put that into

Supplementing our contact tracing processes so those are the types of things that we that we're looking at i don't believe it's good to shut things down because it just drives things

Underground it's much more it's much better for us to work with industry to work with residents to work with people and say how can we do this in the best possible way in the safest possible way

Right now and i think what dr henry is saying is a little bit what i was saying yesterday is that if we're having a party at uh at my place then i think the maximum

Number of people given the size of my place would be about four that wouldn't invite and that we also have to the maximum of 50 is for gatherings but in in private parties in dinner parties

In house parties and apartment parties we have to show um common sense and understand and i think that's that's a critical thing whether it's in a in a hotel resort or whether it's in our

Homes foreign do you have a follow-up tanya please

Thanks um dr henry going back to contact racing uh have you been able to i guess first of all trace the source of the confirmed cases on the oliver cherry farm

And how big of a concern is that overall especially looking at alberta they announced today you know 780 new cases that 57 were under the age of 40 and 30 of those have not been linked to any known source so how close are we

To seeing transmission potentially get out of control here yeah so we're not we're not that close um they have not yet determined exactly who who was um the initial case in that

Cluster there's an ongoing investigation of all of the group of temporary foreign workers some of whom tested positive as well as the farm family from that from that farm so that investigation is ongoing

I will say that of the people who've been tested so far the vast majority of them have been tested negative and there's nobody with obvious symptoms so it is a very different situation than some of the

Other well the one other farm outbreak that we had when it was detected when people realized it there was quite a lot of people who were ill so it worries me less in that

Respect and the other part of it is we know what to do now to manage these types of outbreaks more effectively and interior health is on it i know and we're working across the province

And with other with people who've been to other provinces to see if we can find those links so we have very few people that are not linked to

A known cluster or case yet not 30 at all very few and the other piece was around young people we are seeing some young people as we've seen become sick with covet 19 some of them

Mostly with very mild symptoms but we haven't seen that sort of bulge that we're seeing in the united states and in other parts of canada in the in the 20s and 30 year age group and i think part of that is because

People are doing the right thing here for the most part and that we've still had very small numbers in small clusters so far but we need to keep that up and we all need to do our bit

Next question is from keith baldry global news dr henry minister dick thanks for taking my question uh and regarding the border uh dr fauci in the united states when he was still allowed to talk

Said that they were going to be hitting a hundred thousand cases a day and he's been proven right in terms of the trajectory is it your expectation and desire that that board would remain closed well past

August 21st considering what's going on down there yeah you know it's a very challenging thing to know and and they've had record numbers and and unfortunately what we're starting to see

Are the what we call the leg indicators you know the hospitalizations and the deaths now starting to increase even though many of the cases are in younger people so that's very concerning and yes you know we i don't believe that

There's any um there's any reason that we would expect to be able to safely have visitors people who are here as tourists in the coming weeks or months i'm happy

It's going to august and we'll need to of course make sure that we watch carefully and monitor what's going on there are a lot of people who have connections across our borders so we are looking at

How do we make sure if people need to come into canada it can be done safely and we need to look at people like students and foreign students who contribute to our research

Programs in our universities and other things and how can that other people who are coming across our borders both ways and how can that be done safely and to me right now that means there's a 14-day quarantine period no

Exceptions because that's how we keep our communities and we keep people safe because if they are in in our care or at least being monitored during their quarantine period we can get them the care they need

Should they become ill so there's a dual purpose for that so we do need to look at special populations i think over the coming months but i don't see anything changing in terms of tourists

And visitors coming for especially short-term visitors uh yeah i'd just say that august 21st and we're we're very appreciative of the work of the federal government

Extending the the ban on visitors both ways with our with the american government and obviously it's important both ways too this is not just a restriction on american tourists or american

Visitors coming here but a restriction on canadians visiting the united states that's part of the agreement and i think that's an important part of the agreement if you remember

Our the previous presentations that dr henry has made around modeling and around the trajectory of of covet 19 in british columbia also note

That of course it well the situation is very serious in the united states there are outstanding people involved and attempting to control covet 19 in the united states and a huge commitment by

Really hundreds of millions of people and so we're thinking of them and we are on their side we want them to succeed and we also know i'd also note that there are other countries in the world because this

Pandemic has not got better didn't get better in june around the world there are other countries in the world would travel to british columbia and travel to canada that are facing significant

Challenges which have record day of new cases after a record day of new cases and so we have to continue to be vigilant and finally we should we in no way in absolutely no

Way can be smug about this question we are this is a worldwide pandemic and as long as it's a worldwide pandemic we are at risk in british columbia and we have to continue to follow

Uh the advice the guidance in some cases the rules that have been presented by public health by dr henry by medical health officers around bc it's critically important to do that so that we

Not just have our situation here that may be better than other places but that we maintain it over time in the weeks and months to come do you have a follow-up keith yeah assistant regardless again to the

Border anecdotally we keep getting well we keep getting anna goes from people saying i've seen all these american license plates based on your knowledge of this statistics do you do you think that

Is actually correct that we're getting people across the border improperly or is the system working as it should you know i think it's a bit of both there are certainly people who are coming across the border and we have to

Remember canadians can come in even canadians who are living in the united states right now there's no restriction on canadians coming home but

They need to self-isolate for that 14-day period and we have been working here in bc to make sure everybody has an appropriate plan and cbsa has taken that on

And is monitoring people so we can't assume we know the story of the person who's driving a car with a license plate from the united states they may have been here for a long time they may have been here

And done their their incubation period in isolation and are now safe to be out with us as well so i think we need to be charitable and we need to understand

That everybody has a story and there are reasons that people need to come back home to care for people to care for family and for many other reasons and i mean quite frankly with what's going on in

The us if you had the ability to come home to canada i know many people have been taking that taking that opportunity next question is from marchella bernardo news 11 30 hi dr henry and minister dix i'm sort of

On the same line as what keith was asking about hopefully you can hear me today first off just considering all the exposure warnings that we've been getting linked to flights arriving from

The us what does that tell you about travelers still getting on planes when they're sick yeah and it is not just flights from the us i will note there's flights from

Other countries but there's also internal flights and we've had people who were actually sick on a flight coming in from toronto from other parts of canada so yes these

Are things that that cause me great consternation uh you know the airlines all the airlines need to have processes in place to screen out people but we need to be honest about it and

Part of that means if we are not feeling well we need to have the ability to postpone or change our flights those are important things the other important thing that we need to have is

Is you know people um making sure that they uh are you know cleaning their hands wearing masks all of those important things but they stay home if they're ill and from the airline perspective making

Sure we have flexible policies and making sure we have appropriate contact information one of the most challenging things we do is trying to get flight manifests a couple of days later

When we recognize somebody who might be ill and the type of information that's on those flight manifests is often not very helpful in trying to follow up people which is one of the reasons why we also

Post things publicly so to be able to more efficiently uh identify people that are within rows of somebody who develop symptoms after a flight or even if they had symptoms on a flight those

Are things that would be really helpful for us do you have a follow-up martella um just regarding minister dix last week you told us how many care homes have safety plans

Approved to allow visitors and it was 61 do you know how many in total are applying for this or how many more have been approved this week

What i'll do is provide a detailed briefing on that on thursday what i can tell you is that visits are proceeding in lots of care homes across bc that the process is not has not been

Is not a perfect process but i think that care homes are doing a very good job in general and i think you'll see many many more than 61 when we were poured out on thursday as you'll be aware

From talking to people that many of the visits are relatively short at this time as everyone gets used to the visiting process and that it can be for people who have been apart from some

For some time particularly people living in care and their families a very a very emotional experience so i want to thank all the people in in long-term care who are working to make this a reality all the effort

That's gone into it all the resources that are going into it but also the importance of these human interactions so we'll have a detailed report on this every single

Thursday uh marcelo over the next number of thursdays but i can tell you that uh it's significantly more than in the initial days when plans are being submitted then

Approved and you're going to see a significant jump in that number this thursday we have time for one more question for any reporters that didn't get to ask a question today there will be a statement

Released this afternoon for recommendations on protecting families and communities from covet 19 visit bccdc for non-medical questions about the promising covet 19 response visit govbcca forward slash covet19

And for a full listing of the provincial health officer's orders visit govbcca forward slash pho guidance last question is from sean brady kamloops this week hi dr henry uh when the pandemic was

First uh declared four months ago and you and your staff were making preparations where did you guys think bc would be at in mid july compared to our situation now

And what do you think our situation will be at the end of the summer that's a really good question needless to say i've been thinking a lot about this but when we when we put in place some of the

Restrictions and measures in march we were facing the the the upside of the epidemic curve and when you're there you never know how high it's going to go and how long it's going to take i had

Some hopes then and they have been dashed that we might be able to actually control it globally and stop the outbreak like we did with with sars

One but that is no longer a reality so what we have been able to do i mean i i had no idea what july was going to be like it was either going to be really really bad still or we did what we needed to do and and

We are where we are um so we were able to flatten the curve but what that is mean is that we've been grumbling along and you know 10 15 20 in the last little while and as we

Start doing more and having more contacts that's our reality now so that is going to be our reality in my opinion for the next months to until we have an effective treatment or

A vaccine so this is going to be our you know i talked about it our philosophical uh phase that we're going through where we have to adjust to these are the things that we're going

To be able to do but we have to continue with these limits or else we're going to see this virus take off again so we have learned a tremendous amount about how this virus spreads what are the risk environments and

That's allowed us to open up things as much as we have but we still need to pay attention to those risk environments we need to minimize the opportunities for the virus to

To transmit to large numbers of people we need to manage them with public health and the the expertise of my colleagues in in public health across the country and and across bc you know that is what is

Going to keep a lid on this so that and i fully expect that this is the dance that we'll be in for the coming months do you have a follow-up sean no that's good thank you

Thank you that's all the time we have thank you everyone

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