'End of the beginning' of fight against COVID-19

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Across the province, 1,417 people had fully recovered from COVID-19.

"There's so much that we don't yet know about this virus."-Dr".

But Henry said the restrictions on the size of gatherings of people will not be lifted. "Until we have a vaccine, we know it's going to be here in some way, and our job, our role, our goal in the next month is to make sure that we learn how to live with this virus in a safe way that protects people".

"So this is a phenomenon that we're seeing around the world that men are more likely to have more severe illness to require hospitalization and to die from COVID-19, and we really don't understand why there's a lot of work going into trying to understand that phenomenon".

The number of positive COVID-19 is 121 inmates and 13 staff.

COVID-19 has claimed three lives over the past two days, bringing the death total to 117.

Henry said the province believes B.C.is at the "end of our beginning of this pandemic", which means there is now some room for increased social contact and for schools to resume.

The modelling continued to reinforce how much age, gender and chronic conditions increase the chance of catching this virus, with 1,373 of the confirmed cases in B.C. having at least one underlying risk factor.

There are now 23 active outbreaks in long-term care and assisted living facilities, which collectively reported 13 new cases since Saturday. "Our challenge and our work together is to find that sweet spot". At the same time, we have increased our provincial critical care and portable ventilators to sustain an enhanced level of readiness.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s top medical health officer.

More cases have also been identified from people returning to B.C after working at the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta. "Smaller is better, outside is safer than inside". We are now entering a new phase where we must be equally vigilant and equally committed to protecting our loved ones, our seniors and Elders, our health-care workers and our communities.

The public transit provider saw revenue drop $75 million in April due to COVID-19 fears.

"Physical distancing has made a difference", Dr. Henry said during an epidemiology presentation today, May 4, that looked at how B.C. has "deflected the curve".

Henry said modelling data tracking COVID-19 in B.C. from January 1 to April 29 reveals the spread of the virus has been declining since physical distancing measures were introduced, and schools, restaurants and bars were closed in mid-March.

"We know that people were not going to the emergency department because of concerns about COVID-19 and maybe that there were excess deaths recorded as a result of that".

"Our dynamic modelling shows us that we have been able to put the brakes on COVID-19, but we haven't stopped the vehicle".

If society returned to the way things were last December, the number of critical cases would balloon and overwhelm the health care sector, the modelling shows.

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