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More than 75,000 COVID-19 surveys completed in B.C.

Last Updated May 13, 2020 at 7:51 pm PDT

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Health Minister says more than 75,000 people have taken the COVID-19 survey in B.C.

The survey looks at how COVID-19 is impacting British Columbians

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Tens of thousands of people in B.C. have weighed in on the impact of COVID-19 in an online survey just a day after it launched.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says he’s pleased more than 75,000 people have already taken the survey to find out how this virus is affecting British Columbians.

“Because we need to hear from you. This is the way that British Columbians can help us in responding to COVID-19 in the coming months and years,” he says.

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He explains the survey can be taken in English, simplified Chinese, or Punjabi, and help is available in 150 languages.

“Once you’ve completed the survey, please look to other people in your bubble who you can help to complete it as well. That could be elderly loved ones, people with language barriers, people with less access to technology.”

Now he’s encouraging young people older than 18 to participate.

As part of the survey, people can express interest in participating in studies, including one on serology blood testing to determine immunity.

“I know that will appeal to a lot of people, so I encourage you to look at this survey,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

Another study will gather advice and support about how to use technology to coordinate information sharing and contact tracing in the province.

“The information that we gather will help inform the decisions that we make in the weeks and months ahead,” Henry added.

-With files from Mike Hall