Here's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for July 2, 2020.
Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for July 2, 2020.
We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.
Check back here for more updates throughout the day.
As of the latest figures given on July 2:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 2,940 (160 active)
• New cases since June 30, 2020: 26
• Hospitalized cases: 17
• Intensive care: 2
• COVID-19 related deaths: 177
• Recovered: 2,603
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5
The next update is Friday at 3 p.m.
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3 p.m. – 24 new cases, three additional deaths
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said an additional 24 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. since noon Tuesday.
Henry said there have been three more deaths over the last 48 hours. A total of 177 people have died from the respiratory disease in B.C.
11 a.m. – Queue jumpers not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: B.C. premier
Premier John Horgan has a message for Americans coming across the border on their way to Alaska: Do not stop in the province while COVID-19 cases continue rising in the United States.
Horgan says he’s heard concerns from across B.C. that Americans have stopped in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island instead of heading straight to their destination, putting residents at risk.
Horgan says he has spoken with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland about the need for her to discuss the issue with American officials.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in mid-June that the federal government is looking into reports of U.S. tourists flouting measures around the border shutdown.
Horgan says B.C. has worked hard to keep its infection rates low and progress should not be lost to “queue jumpers” as outbreaks of COVID-19 have increased in many states.
The Canada-U.S. border was closed to non-essential travel in March with some exceptions, including for asymptomatic Americans heading to Alaska, and could reopen on July 21.
The B.C. government is boosting the climate action tax credit in a one-time increase to help cover costs in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting this week, more than 80 per cent of families and individuals in B.C. will automatically receive the extra money along with their GST/HST returns.
The boost includes an extra $174.50 for individuals, a $51.25 increase for children and a lift of $451.50 for a family of four, which B.C. Finance Minister Carole James said Thursday is double the annual amount eligible households would have received prior to B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan.
Before the pandemic hit, the scheduled July payment was up to $43.50 per adult and up to $12.75 per child. An eligible family of four was set to receive up to $112.50.
9 a.m. – Canada extends quarantine for travellers entering country
The Canadian government has extended the Emergency Order requirements related to mandatory isolation and quarantine for travellers entering Canada to Aug. 31.
“Anyone entering Canada … will continue to be required to isolate for 14 days if they have COVID-19, or have reasonable grounds to suspect that they have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or quarantine for 14 days if they do not have signs and symptoms of COVID-19,” the public health agency of Canada wrote on Tuesday.
Travellers are also required to wear a non-medical mask.
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press