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:
"Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: April 4 to 5, and April 5 through to midday today.
"In the first reporting period through April 5, we had 26 new cases, for a total of 1,229 cases in British Columbia.
"In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 37 new cases, for a total of 1,266 cases in British Columbia.
"This represents 63 new cases since we reported on Saturday.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 586 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 450 are in the Fraser Health region, 79 are in the Island Health region, 128 are in the Interior Health region and 23 are in the Northern Health region.
"There have been 39 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. We are saddened to report that we have had a community death of a known COVID-19 case in the Vancouver Coastal health region. The BC Coroners Service is investigating, as is the process for any sudden unexpected death that takes place in community. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.
"The Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions continue to respond to outbreaks and new cases in long-term care and assisted-living facilities, which have a combined 210 cases of COVID-19. Residents in these facilities are our most vulnerable citizens, and efforts to protect them continue to be a major focus of our health teams. Vancouver Coastal Health has one new long-term care facility outbreak, while three outbreaks at long-term care homes in that region have been declared over.
"A new community outbreak of COVID-19 has been detected at a federal correctional centre in Mission. Correctional Service Canada has implemented outbreak response protocols at the facility.
"To date, 783 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.
(Previous numbers in brackets)
*48 Hours since last report*
New Cases – 63
Total Cases – 1,266 (1,203)
Patients in Hospital – 140 (149)
Patients in ICU –72 (68)
Recovered – 783 (704)
New Deaths – 1
Totals Deaths – 39 (38)
Health region breakdown;
Vancouver Coastal – 586 (554)
Fraser – 450 (424)
Island – 79 (76)
Interior – 128 (128)
Northern – 23 (21)
Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.
More to come.