COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 21
- 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:
- Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has suggested that Canadians should be wearing masks when physical distancing cannot be achieved
- The City of Richmond, following the City of Vancouver, will be reopening outdoor sports courts
- B.C. Premier John Horgan continues to vouch for Vancouver as a "hub city" for NHL games, which are set to continue this summer
- The Province has revised its policy regarding essential visits to long-term care homes and hospitals
- The revised policy ensures that those with mental and physical disabilities continue to have the vital supports that they need while in hospitals or long-term care
- The Provincial Finance Ministry has announced 250,000 front-line workers will be eligible for "pandemic pay." Find out who's eligible here
- The pay equates to a $4/hour raise for 16 weeks, starting retroactively at March 15
- B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains has announced that the 75 cents minimum wage increase, set to begin June 1, will go ahead as planned
- TransLink has announced enhanced safety and cleaning measures for COVID-19
- TransLink will now be employing 4 person "pit crews" to sanitize skytrain cars at high-traffic stations during peak hours
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
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