Dr. Bonnie Henry urges British Columbians to honour their mothers by keeping them safe during pandemic

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      Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry reminded B.C. residents that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on seniors.

      And she called on citizens to honour mothers by continuing to employ best practices to fight the disease.

      "Safe physical distance remains an important part of what we need to do right now in British Columbia to keep our mothers and our community safe," Henry told reporters today.

      She said a restriction on visitors will be maintained in long-term care homes through this Mother's Day weekend, but also promised new ways of doing things in the coming weeks and months.

      "The risks of this virus are still very high," Henry emphasized.

      Dr. Henry announced 15 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,330 cases in British Columbia.

      There are currently COVID-19 outbreaks in five acute-care and 16 long-term care and assisted-living facilities.

      Of the 467 cases in these settings, 285 have involved residents and another 182 have involved staff members.

      Henry pointed out that 19 outbreaks have ended in care homes and there were no new community outbreaks to report today

      There were, however, two more deaths from COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal health region, bringing the provincial total to 129.

      There are also 69 people in hospital with the disease, including 21 in critical care.

      Another 1,659 people—71 percent of all confirmed cases—have completely recovered.

      "That's the positive news from this," Henry said. "People are continuing to recover."