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 29 new cases, for a total of 1,203 cases in British Columbia.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 554 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 424 are in the Fraser Health region, 76 are in the Island Health region, 128 are in the Interior Health region and 21 are in the Northern Health region.
"There have been 38 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. In the last 24 hours, we are saddened to report a further two deaths in the Vancouver Coastal health region and one in the Fraser Health region. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.
"There are now outbreaks in 23 long-term care and assisted-living facilities in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions, with a combined 197 cases of COVID-19. Residents in these facilities are the most vulnerable citizens, and efforts to protect them continue to be a major focus of our health teams.
"To date, 704 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.
"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 149 individuals are currently hospitalized, 68 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
"Everyone in British Columbia is doing what it takes to protect our families, our elders, our health-care workers and our communities.
"We must continue to hold the line; to keep our firewall strong and flatten the curve.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
New Cases – 29
Total Cases – 1,203 (1,174)
Patients in Hospital – 149 (146)
Patients in ICU – 68 (64)
Recovered – 704 (641)
New Deaths – 3
Totals Deaths – 38 (35)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 554 (541)
Fraser – 424 (412)
Island – 76 (74)
Interior – 128 (126)
Northern – 21 (21)
Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.
More to come.