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COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: June 5

June 5th 2020
Status Update as of June 5, 2020: 4:30 PM PST:
  • 1 new positive case since June 4, this is the lowest one day case count since March 6
  • 2,632 total positive cases in B.C.
  • 21 people are currently in hospital, 5 are in ICU
  • There were no new deaths yesterday, June 4, and there is 1 new death today
  • 2,272 have fully recovered 


Recent Government Announcements:


Province of B.C.
  • Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry held another public modelling briefing yesterday, June 4. The full "Going Forward" presentation can be found here. Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer's concise and informative interpretations of the modelling can be read here
  • Yesterday's modelling briefing exhibited notable details such as:
    • B.C.'s initial cases began in January-February, and have been traced back to China and Iran
    • The Pacific Dental Conference that was held in Vancouver in early March is viewed by our Provincial Health officer as a significant driver behind B.C.'s pandemic
    • Even if our contact rates increase to 50-60% 'normal', the B.C. COVID-19 curve will continue to flatten and plateau 
  • Today the New York Times did a piece on Dr. Bonnie Henry titled "The Top Doctor Who Aced the Coronavirus Test" 
  • B.C. Finance Minister Carole James announced that in the month of May 43,300 jobs were created in B.C., while the current unemployment rate sits at 13.4%. This is the Province's highest unemployment rate since 1987
    • Minister James also announced that over 510,000 B.C. residents received the B.C. Emergency Benefit for workers, equating to 10% of the B.C. population
  • As an effort to help businesses in the hospitality sector who have had to suspend business due to COVID-19, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch has announced hospitality licensees may sell their existing liquor stock to those in the industry who are currently open and running, including private liquor stores 
    • This authorization is set to expire July 15 


Shown above is an interesting dataset from yesterday's "Going Forward" modelling, which depicts the mobility and activity of British Columbians throughout the phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dataset exhibits the effectiveness of B.C.'s various public health measures that were enacted and the ways in which residents followed them.