COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 14
- 15 new positive cases since May 13
- 2,392 total positive cases in B.C.
- 58 people are currently in hospital, 12 are in ICU
- 3 new deaths for a total of 135
- 1,885 have fully recovered
Recent Government Announcements:
- Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit will open tomorrow, May 15
- National parks and historic sites will partly re-open for day use starting June 1
- B.C. Premier John Horgan has extended the Provincial state of emergency for another 2 weeks
- Attorney General David Eby has spoken out on ICBC's current state of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- ICBC will wait until the end of the fiscal year, 10 months from now, to determine if it will be offering rebates to customers
- Over 100,000 customers have cancelled their policies
- B.C. homes sales are down 50% from the April 2019 rate
- The City of Vancouver has cut the Vancouver Police Department's budget by 1%, $8.5 million, because of COVID-19's financial burdens on Vancouver
- Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced today that Vancouver has lost 90,000 jobs due as a result of COVID-19
Above is an excerpt of the results of a poll conducted by the City of Vancouver, presented by Mayor Kennedy Stewart today, May 14. The above results depict Vancouver residents' different feelings regarding the re-opening of various facilities and businesses in the city.
B.C. Restart Plan in Action
As the B.C. Restart Plan has allowed various industries to re-open safely under enhanced protocols once phase 2 begins, many applicable industry associations and their members are proving their efforts to come back.
- The City of Vancouver has decided to ease up on patio permitting restrictions to help restaurants reopen safely in phase 2 of the B.C. Restart Plan
- The B.C. Dental Association and its members have announced that the Association's members will not be reopening for full service on May 19, despite their permission to do so from the Restart Plan
As we all slowly emerge from our lockdowns and begin to rebuild our economy, Coast Communications will be featuring not-for-profits in our COVID-19 newsletter to encourage us to all consider how we can begin our own recovery while helping others. Please email us if you have a charity you want us to profile.
Profile: The Kettle Society
I have been on the board of the Kettle Society for two years - we just launched our fundraising program, #NoMindLeftBehind and Coast Comms is sponsoring a team fundraising page.
The Kettle provides services for people living with mental illness, including through over 400 supportive housing unites, special programs like our Homeless Outreach Program, which provides kits to help people get through the day, and our drop in kitchen, still operating to feed people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to donate.
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