What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for June 30, 2020

THE LATEST:

  • B.C. has had 2,916 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
  • 152 cases are still active.
  • 2,590 people have recovered from their illness.
  • 174 people in B.C. have died of COVID-19 to date.
  • 18 people are in hospital, including four in the ICU.
  • Restrictions on visitors to long-term care homes are being eased.

Residents living in long-term care and assisted living facilities in B.C. are now able to have in-person visits after three months of phone calls and virtual meetings, the province announced Tuesday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said restrictions banning non-essential family visits to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will now be eased, allowing one designated person to see loved ones in care.

Henry said visits will have to be scheduled in advance and visitors will have to wear a mask. She added the designation could be expanded to allow more visitors in the future, but she wants to start slowly.

Tuesday afternoon, health officials announced another 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, but said no new deaths have been recorded.

A total of 2,916 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in B.C. to date, including 174 people who have died. There are 152 active cases of the virus in B.C. Eighteen people are in hospital, including four in intensive care.

'Team effort' still needed to slow virus spread

After multiple people were exposed to COVID-19 at a Vancouver strip club, Henry has warned that British Columbians need to remain vigilant or risk all the progress the province has made on flattening the curve of infection.

Three cases of the novel coronavirus have now been linked to exposure at Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge, the provincial health officer said on Monday.

Henry said business owners need to be aware of the risks of infection right now and do everything they can to keep employees and customers safe.

"It is a team effort that we need to continue together in B.C.," she said.

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Important reminders:

Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. 

The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.

What's happening elsewhere in Canada

As of Monday at 8 p.m. PT, Canada had 103,918 confirmed coronavirus cases. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 8,617.

For a look at what's happening across the country and the world, check the CBC interactive case tracker.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Stay home. Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority or 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

Find information about COVID-19 from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available in B.C. from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. PT, seven days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
  • Keep at least two metres away from people who are sick.
  • When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca