B.C. maintaining ‘fine balance’ in COVID-19 spread as Phase 3 nears

B.C.’s top doctor says the latest round of COVID-19 modelling data suggests the province is in a good position to reopen further under Phase 3.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry revealed new numbers on Tuesday that show how the spread of the coronavirus has been going up and how B.C. is trying to hold a “fine balance” to keep rates of transmission down.

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“We do need to be mindful if we go too far, too quickly, we could see rapid rebound in new cases and of course that is what we are trying to prevent,” Henry said during a news conference alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“We are closer to a threshold where cases could re-occur.”

The latest figures suggest that British Columbians are operating at a social-interaction rate of around 65 per cent of normal.

They will be used to make decisions about moving to Phase 3 under B.C.’s plan to reopen the economy as the number of cases of the virus continues to be low.

Premier John Horgan is expected to announce that move as early as Wednesday.

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