Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday COVID-19 Update marks BC at 884 cases, with 17 deaths to date in the province

92 new cases of COVID-19 were announced as part of the Saturday update from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix; their Saturday announcement noting that the Province now has recored a total of 884 cases to date.

The Breakdown province wide shows that 444 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 291 are in the Fraser Health region, 60 are in the Island Health region, 77 are in the Interior Health region, with 12 still the count to date in the Northern Heath region.

"We are saddened to report another COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal region, resulting in a total of 17 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia.

One new long-term care home in the Fraser Health region has a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. There are now COVID-19 cases in 12 facilities in B.C. All are in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols.

Three hundred and ninety-six people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 81 individuals are currently hospitalized, 52 of those in hospital 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 made note of the current number of Public Health Orders in place and how they are serving to assist the provincial effort in controlling the spread of the virus.

“We have seen countless examples of community goodwill: supporting those in self-isolation, shopping for neighbours and connecting with care and compassion. 

We have taken a step in the right direction, but we know that in the coming weeks, the number of cases is going to continue to rise and our health system will be put to test. 

As a province, all of us must do everything we can to avoid the devastating impacts that we have seen in other parts of the world. 

We must be united and 100% committed to doing all we can to flatten the curve. Thank you for helping to make a difference and now, more than ever, we need you to keep it up.”

Yesterday they both provided for an extensive  presentation that provided a look at some of the scenario modelling that has taken place to review the path of COVID-19 and how the physical distancing measures in place are having an impact in helping to bend the curve.

Some of the background to the Saturday briefing can be found 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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