Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday COVID Update marks new cases, additional deaths as British Columbia enters holiday weekend period

British Columbia health officials announced  40 new cases on Good Friday, making for a total of 1,410 cases of Covid-19 in the province to date.

In their statement of today Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19:

629 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 539 are in the Fraser Health region, 84 are in the Island Health region, 132 are in the Interior Health region and two more cases have bee reported in the Northern Health region bringing that total to 26.

 “We are saddened to report five new COVID-19 related deaths, two in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and three in Fraser Health region, for a total of 55 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones. “

The province's long term care facilities appear to be adjusting to the new regulations now in place as a result of the COVID response.

There have been no new long-term care outbreaks in the last day. Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health teams continue to provide support to the 20 remaining affected long-term care and assisted-living facilities, which have a combined 242 cases of COVID-19.

To date, 879 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 128 individuals are hospitalized and 65 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The normally heavy travel period of this Easter weekend also made for more attention in today's statement, with the Doctor and Minister noting that this is not the time to ease up on our adherence to the goals of physical distancing.

“This holiday weekend is an important time for many British Columbians of diverse faiths. As we reflect on the past few weeks and the challenges we have all faced together, we are reminded of the importance of connecting and protecting our loved ones, our Elders, our health-care workers and our communities. 

This is not the time to travel, unless absolutely necessary. Stay at home and be creative with how you connect and celebrate with family and friends. Find the virtue in virtual and telephone connections. Find togetherness without gathering."

Today's information notes were in the form of a written statement, there was no public presentation of them, nor any Question period for provincial journalists.

You can review the full information statement from Good Friday 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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