The Tuesday afternoon briefing from Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix relayed two streams of case updates; with background provided on 48 hours worth of reports from across the province.
“Today, we are providing case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods: March 22 to 23, and March 23 through to this morning.
In the first reporting period through March 23, 2020, we had 67 new cases, for a total of 539 cases in British Columbia.
In the last 24 hours, we have had 78 new cases, for a total of 617 cases in British Columbia.
This represents 145 new cases since we reported yesterday morning.
“Two additional residential care homes have confirmed cases. One is a health-care worker at the Little Mountain Place residential care home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and one is a resident in Evergreen Heights assisted-living residence in the Fraser Health region. Public health officials are providing staff support to implement outbreak protocols."
The Provincial Breakdown by Health Region is as follows:
330 Vancouver Coastal Health
194 Fraser Health
44 Vancouver Island Health
41 Interior Health
9 Northern Health
In total there have sadly been 13 deaths from COVID-19 in the province, with a large part of that coming from a result of the clusters in long-term care homes.
Among some of the other notes delivered today:
“We are very pleased to report that 28% of cases, or 173 individuals, have now recovered and are no longer in isolation.
Additionally, of the total COVID-19 cases, 59 individuals are currently hospitalized, 23 of those are in intensive care, and the remaining people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation."
Both Dr. Henry and Mr. Dix also noted of the range of measures that they have put in place to remind British Columbians that this virus can affect anyone young or old and across all Geographical regions.
To review more from today's statement see their Tuesday update here.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
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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.
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