As is the case on Monday's, it was a double hit on the statistical review of the COVID-19 picture in British Columbia today, as Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix reviewed the results from the weekend in their afternoon information session.
“In the first reporting period through April 26, we had 39 new cases, for a total of 1,987 cases in British Columbia. In the last 24 hours, we have had a further 11 new cases, for a total of 1,998 cases in British Columbia.
This represents 50 new cases since we reported on Saturday.
Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 795 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 879 are in the Fraser Health region, 117 are in the Island Health region, 164 are in the Interior Health region and 43 are in the Northern Health region (that is an increase of one from Saturday).
“We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths for a total of 103 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones."
The provincial officials also took note of a pair of new outbreaks in long care facilities in the province, making for 20 facilities and three acute care units currently with active outbreaks. 12 previous outbreaks have now been declared over.
They also updated the ongoing situations at a pair of food processing plants in the Vancouver area, as well as concerns related to the Mission correctional facility and a work camp in Alberta which hosts a number of BC workers.
When it comes to recoveries to date, of the BC totals since the outbreak began 1,190 have tested positive and recovered, 97 individuals are currently in hospital, 36 of those cases are in intensive care, the remainder of those who have contracted COVID-19 are recovering in home self-isolation.
Much of the focus for today was no the work that has taken place to date towards physical distancing and how those measures and others have helped to slow the rate of transmission.
Moving on into the Spring and summer, the path forward will look as follows:
“Through our increased surveillance testing, new community outbreaks are being identified, enabling public health teams to quickly undertake contact tracing and isolate those who may be exposed.
This is the work that we will need to do for many months to come, and this is what we need your help to continue. We must not allow hot spots to flare.
We have a made-in-B.C. response to COVID-19 that reflects the unique circumstances of the pandemic in our province, as demonstrated by the recent challenge of spring flooding and the upcoming forest fire season.
Through the commitment and hard work of all British Columbians, we are now making plans to ease restrictions and find our ‘new normal’ in the coming weeks.
Our focus is to provide a consistent framework for sectors to operate within, as we have done with the many essential businesses."
You can review the Monday update here.
The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.
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.
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