Island Health drops to pre-2021 levels of new COVID-19 cases

By Canadian Press	
	 		B.C. set to lay out restart road map as COVID-19 cases slow vaccinations increase

That means the earliest the public health emergency and provincial state of emergency could be lifted would be July 1.

CBC News will livestream the news conference.

Since we last reported, we have had 84 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 109 new cases in the Fraser Health region, nine in the Island Health region, 40 in the Interior Health region, eight in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada. "Organized" gatherings outdoors of up to 50 people are now allowed.

The new cases were among 250 cases found across British Columbia over the past 24 hours, bringing the province's total to 142,886 cases since the pandemic began.

That plan is contingent on COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations declining and remaining low, as well as British Columbians getting vaccinated.

On Wednesday, B.C. surpassed giving three million vaccine doses.

People enjoy the Robson Square plaza in Vancouver on March 31.

"B.C.'s Restart plan provides a clear path for our future; one that will allow us to move forward and safely resume activities that have been on hold, without compromising the progress we have made in reducing COVID-19 community transmission", Dr. Henry and Dix said in the statement.

Horgan said the plan to reopen involves the gradual lifting of health restrictions and, by July, the province will be in a much better place.

Provincial health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. There would also be a "return to normal" for indoor and outdoor gatherings. If all goes to plan, B.C. would be essentially completely re-opened by September.