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B.C. records 15 new COVID cases, two deaths as recovery rate hits 71 per cent

Last Updated May 9, 2020 at 7:28 pm PDT

Summary

The recovery rate is now at 71 per cent, which is the highest since this pandemic began

Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 15 new cases, the lowest number in the past five days

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is reporting strengthening recovery numbers in the daily COVID update Saturday.

Henry says the recovery rate is now at 71 per cent, which is the highest since this pandemic began.

“The positive side of this is that people are continuing to recover from this disease,” she says.

However, the province continues to have 21 active outbreaks in our long term and acute care, as well as assisted living areas, but nineteen other outbreaks have been declared over.

Since Friday’s health update, two people have died, which brings the provincial death toll to 129.

Fifteen new cases were also reported, the lowest number of cases in the last five days.

Sixty-nine people with COVID-19 are hospitalized within B.C. and of those people, 21 people are now in ICU.

As Mother’s Day approaches, Bonnie Henry says hugs for mom should be reserved for those in the same household, but celebration outside and at a distance is fine.

“Let’s show how much we care for them by ensuring we’re doing all we can do to keep them safe,” she says.

“Safe physical distance remains an important part of what we need to do right now in British Columbia, to keep all of our mothers, and our communities safe.”