COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 13
- 7 new positive cases since May 11
- 2,360 total positive cases in B.C.
- 63 people are currently in hospital, 16 are in ICU
- 1 new death for a total of 131
- 1,832 have fully recovered
Recent Government Announcements:
- The Federal Government has announced that Canadian seniors will qualify for up to $500 in a one-time payment to off-set the increased cost of living during COVID-19
- As B.C. Health Authorities prepare for the return of elective surgeries, authorities such as Fraser Health are implementing virtual pre-admission measures to continue the prevention of COVID-19 transmission
- Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix have voiced their concerns regarding the re-opening of the Canada-US border, which is currently set to re-open on May 21
- Over the weekend, following the announcement of the B.C. Restart Plan, the Vancouver Park Board handed out almost 1,900 physical distancing warnings
- Due to the decrease in physical distancing the Vancouver Park Board witnessed over the weekend, they have announced that they will continue to keep the parking lots of Vancouver parks and beaches closed
CBC provides B.C. with a graph, seen above, depicting COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province. The graph shows that B.C. saw its lowest hospitalization rate yesterday, May 12, since March 25.
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.
- 3,000 B.C. Beauty Council members are going through voluntary certification of cleanliness and safety before opening up to clients again
- The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and their members have been working with WorkSafeBC striving to have physiotherapy clinics reopened for May 19
- The B.C. Restaurant Association and its members have collaborated to create a re-opening "blueprint" for WorkSafeBC to approve. They're expecting to return around June 1
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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