Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
"We are announcing 66 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 725 cases in British Columbia.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 359 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 241 are in the Fraser Health region, 52 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 62 are in the Interior Health region and 11 are in the Northern Heath region.
"Nine long-term care homes in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols.
"Provincial health officer orders for public and private health sector employers and long-term care facilities were issued today. These orders ensure employees work at only one facility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
"One hundred and eighty-six patients with COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.
"Additionally, of the total COVID-19 cases, 66 individuals are currently hospitalized, 26 of those are in intensive care, and the remaining people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"The Province continues to take steps to protect and support British Columbians during this pandemic.
"We need everyone to be 100% committed now, next week and next month."
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 66
Total Cases – 725 (659)
Patients in Hospital – 66 (64)
Patients in ICU – 26 (26)
Recovered – 183 (183)
New Deaths – 0
Totals Deaths – 14 (14)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 359 (339)
Fraser –241 (218)
Island – 52 (47)
Interior – 62 (46)
Northern – 11 (9)
Dr. Bonnie Henry made one new public health order;
Health sector workers will now remain at one facility and not move around for the duration of the pandemic.
Dr. Henry also discussed the quarantine act and the measure announced by Premier John Horgan and Minister Mike Farnworth this morning.
More to come