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Two COVID-19 deaths in B.C., outbreak over at Mission prison

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		COVID-19		Nine new COVID-19 cases Thursday including one new case in Interior Health

In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks. 338 residents and 212 are involved in those outbreaks.

As of May, just 15 per cent of local COVID-19 patients in intensive care had died.

Henry noted the virus has a two-week incubation period, so she is curious to see if any new cases sprout up after loosening restrictions, which started on May 19.

However, the outbreak is over at the Mission Institution, a federal prison in the Fraser Valley.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will be back for a live update on Saturday.

"We are moving forward carefully into Phase 2 (of the B.C. Restart Plan), assessing our progress week by week, and we are encouraged by what we have seen so far", she pointed out. "Businesses are reopening", Henry says.

The province has moved to what it calls Phase 2 of managing the pandemic - a phase that includes allowing the reopening of restaurant dining rooms, hair salons and nail bars, as long as operators abide by provincial guidelines to limit spreading the virus, such as having employees wear masks or other protective wear, and having customers stay apart as much as possible.

The study also makes notes of B.C.'s success at "flattening the curve" of infection through public health measures such as banning mass gatherings, closing restaurants and personal services businesses and requiring worldwide travellers to self-isolate for 14 days.

"The province-wide "your story, our future" survey is an opportunity to share your personal experience with COVID-19 so far".

"The information you share is incredibly important and so is ensuring your confidentiality and data security".

"Our individual circumstances are unique, but the actions we can take to protect each other and ourselves are the same". But they also credit the public for their work in flattening the curve and preventing a surge of infections from overwhelming hospitals.

- With files from Megan Lalonde.

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