Thursday, March 19, 2020

British Columbia COVID-19 case count rises to 271 as 40 new cases added to the listings

 British Columbia has seen another increase in the case count, along with the sad news of another death related to the COVID-19 situation in the province.

During their Thursday update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outlined how the province realized 40 new cases, bringing the total to 271 cases to date.

“It is with sadness that we announce that another patient who tested positive for COVID-19, a resident from the Lynn Valley Care Centre, has passed away. We offer our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones and the staff who cared for them.

Of the total cases, 152 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 81 are in Fraser Health, 22 are in Island Health, 12 are in Interior Health and four are in Northern Heath. 

Additionally, of the total COVID-19 cases, 17 individuals are currently hospitalized, nine are in intensive care and the remaining patients are at home in isolation."

They also offered some guidance towards themes of social distancing, while also remaining connected to your family and friends, as well as to how British Columbians can help during this period.

“We know that social distancing is an important line of defence for all us – staying a fingertip-to-fingertip distance away from each other, but no touching. Equally important is maintaining our connections with friends, family and colleagues while many of us remain at home. 

We are encouraged by the many innovative ways that people across B.C. are staying connected, while staying apart:

If you are picking up groceries, maintain space when lining up to pay. If you need to take a taxi, sit in the back seat and wipe down the payment pad with alcohol-based wipes before and after paying. 

New resources are being made available every day to support everyone in our province as we continue to work to stop the transmission of COVID-19. And if you are healthy and able to do so, please consider donating blood.”

Dr. Henry and Mr. Dix were also set to take part in Television Town hall on COVID-19

You can can review the notes from today's update here.

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints

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