This week, there were two key announcements from the Province regarding COVID-19 in BC.
BC’s Updated Modelling and Projections
On Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released released BC’s latest modelling and projections for COVID-19 scenarios in the province.
She acknowledged that British Columbians have succeeded flattening the curve of COVID-19 transmission, but asked us to continue to physically distance, wash our hands regularly, and keep visits outside your household to a minimum.
If BC maintained today’s level of protective measures, and of physical contact with others (about 30% of normal pre-COVID contact), the virus would continue to decrease in cases.
If we move to 80% of pre-COVID physical contact, cases would rise disastrously and at the same rate as if we returned to 100%.
At 60%, BC would maintain a flat rate of transmission.
However, Dr. Henry emphasized that we are only nearing the end of our COVID-19 beginning.
The virus will be in BC until there is a vaccine available for everybody.
To help prepare for the new normal, the province outlined eight principles that apply to every person in every situation during this pandemic.
Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19,
these are principles we will practicing at Musqueam.
BC’s Restart Plan
On Wednesday, Premier Horgan announced BC’s Restart Plan outlining the next steps to move BC through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan outlines what protective measures BC has taken that have made a difference, how we will continue to keep transmission low, and what the “new normal” will mean for individuals and employers.
The Province is using a four-phase approach to safely lift restrictions to enable more social and economic activity.
Lastly, a hierarchy of controls for COVID-19 was released that shows physical distancing (limiting close contact with others) is still the most effective way to control the spread of the virus.