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COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 21

May 21st 2020

Status Update as of May 21, 2020: 4:00 PM PST:
  • 12 new positive cases since May 20
  • 2,479 total positive cases in B.C.
  • 43 people are currently in hospital, 8 are in ICU
  • 3 new deaths for a total of 152
  • 2,020 have fully recovered 

Recent Government Announcements:


Province of B.C.
City of Vancouver

Insights West has done another poll (shown above) regarding COVID-19's impacts on British Columbians, highlighting the different aspects of individuals' finances that have been affected. 

Tony Thorne, a thought leader on all things linguistics and language, has released "part 2" of his "lockdown lexicon." Thorne highlights terms and expressions, both scientific and informal, that have moved their way into everyday use. The creative dictionary created by Thorne adds some light to a dim and uncertain situation. Read his amusing but relatable piece here

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. 

  • B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains has announced that the Province will be conducting an increased amount of inspections for businesses that have recently reopened and have been subjected to the new WorkSafeBC guidelines for phase 2 of the Restart Plan