- 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 43 new cases, for a total of 1,013 cases in British Columbia.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 476 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 348 are in the Fraser Health region, 67 are in the Island Health region, 107 are in the Interior Health region and 15 are in the Northern Heath region.
"It is with sadness that we report five deaths in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions in the last 24 hours, for a total of 24 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia.
"We continue to see new cases in long-term care and assisted living homes. There are now COVID-19 cases in 19 facilities in B.C., all in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols at all sites.
"To date, 507 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.
"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 128 individuals are currently hospitalized, 61 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"We are at a critical juncture in our provincial COVID-19 response. Every British Columbian has a part to play to flatten the curve. We must all do the right thing and be 100% committed.
"No one is immune, but everyone can make a difference. If you are older, staying home keeps you away from those who could put you at risk. If you are young, staying apart means you are preserving important capacity within our health-care system for our elders and others at highest risk.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 43
Total Cases – 1,013 (970)
Patients in Hospital – 128(106)
Patients in ICU – 61 (60)
Recovered –507 (469)
New Deaths – 5 * 4 in Vancouver Coastal, 1 in Fraser*
Totals Deaths –24 (19)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 476(472)
Fraser – 348(323)
Island – 67 (67)
Interior – 107 (94)
Northern – 15 (14)
Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.
More to come.