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COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 4

May 4th 2020

Status Update as of May 4, 2020: 4:30 PM PST:
  • 53 new positive cases since May 2
  • 2,224 total positive cases in B.C.
  • 77 people are currently in hospital, 26 are in ICU
  • 3 new deaths for a total of 117
  • 1,417 have fully recovered 

Recent Government Announcements:


Province of B.C
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix presented new COVID-19 modelling and data today to give British Columbians a better idea of the impact of COVID-19 to date, and began to lay out what the future could look like based on the data 
    • Dr. Henry reported health care workers have fallen ill more than other sectors of society (mostly at long-term care facilities) but only one has passed on of the disease to date
    • Older men with a pre-existing condition are the main demographic of people who both fell ill and who have passed away
    • If B.C. continues to operate at the "35% contact rate" (35% of of our normal interactions) B.C. would stop seeing COVID-19 deaths by July
    • Dr. Henry expects this current 35% contact rate to be adjusted up to 60%, but not at this time. A 80% contact rate begins seeing the disease take over again in B.C. 
    • Click here for the video of the briefing
    • Click here for a copy of the modelling presentation
  • On Wednesday Premier John Horgan will outline new direction on how the economy and society can begin opening up in B.C.
City of Vancouver

Above is a snapshot of B.C.'s latest modelling, from May 4. The slide shows the levels of effectiveness of the various categories of measures, exhibiting physical distancing as B.C., and the globe's largest difference maker. The full modelling PowerPoint can be accessed here and is useful in answering many questions regarding the impact of COVID-19.

 Upcoming Special Issue

The COVID-19 Pandemic is forcing us all to up our game, increase our creativity and be more innovative. But how do we do that? Stay tuned for some communications and business ideas in our next edition of the Coast Communications COVID-19 Update. 

Coast Communications and COVID-19
We have been supporting clients to plan for and manage internal and external communications since before the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in B.C. If you need issues or crisis support related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues, call us at 604.767.0207. For more information visit