The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of noon on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 884
- New cases since March 27, 2020: 92
- Hospitalized cases: 81
- Intensive care: 52
- COVID-19 related deaths: 17
- Recovered: 396
Confirmed cases by region:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 444
- Fraser Health: 291
- Island Health: 60
- Interior Health: 77
- Northern Health: 12
- 34,561 individuals tested, as of March 25, 2020.
- Testing capacity in British Columbia has increased to approximately 3,500 tests per day.
- Across Canada, there are more than 10,000 tests per day.
- If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider, call 811 for guidance or check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
New provincial advice and measures:
- Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has made an order on farmers markets. All episodic vending markets (also known as “farmers’ markets” or “community markets”) must only allow vendors to serve food to be sold at these events. Vendors of all other merchandise are prohibited at these events.
- Critical care and acute care hospitalization modelling information from Henry and deputy health minister, Stephen Brown: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Technical_Briefing_Condensed.pdf
New travel/federal measures:
- NEW: Government of Canada announced new domestic transportation measures: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-announces-new-domestic-transportation-measures.html
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“In recent weeks we have implemented strategic restrictions in the province; to reduce high-risk points of transmission, while keeping essential activities going.
“We have ordered citizens to stay home if they have travelled or are ill, and we have urged people to stay apart with physical distancing.
“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.”
- WorkSafeBC guidelines support safe reopening of businesses
- K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1
- COVID-19: BC announces a voluntary staggered opening of schools on June 1
- COVID-19: Applications open for temporary rental supplement in B.C.
- SEAPARC restricts registration to summer camp programs only, starts April 15
- COVID-19 Sooke: Outdoor burning ban extended, non-essential travel and camping discouraged
- COVID-19: Update from Sooke Mayor Maja Tait, April 6, 2020
- Stick in the Mud still roasting, shipping everywhere
- COVID-19: Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Officers to aid in enforcement of social distancing and public gatherings
- Hope on display in Sooke windows: Photo montage by Gregory Varano
- Epidemic curve, confirmed COVID-19 cases in BC by episode date January 1-March 24, 2020 (N=607*)
- COVID-19 Statistical overview for March 21, 2020
- COVID-19 Daily federal address, May 25, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (10 new cases), May 23, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (18 new cases), May 22, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (12 new cases), May 21, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (21 new cases), May 20, 2020
- COVID-19 Daily federal address notes the large commercial rent portal opens May 25
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (2 new cases), May 19, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal update sees border agreement continue, business loan eligibility expanded
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (16 new cases), May 18, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (21 new cases), May 16, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 15, 2020
- Prime Minister announces support for research staff in Canada
- COVID-19: May 15 Daily federal address – Wage Subsidy program continue through August
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 14, 2020
- Government of Canada announces new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (16 new cases), May 12, 2020
- State of emergency continues, BC to clean orphaned and decommissioned wells
- COVID-19: Daily federal update – Canada has an approved antibody test, student funding applications opens on Friday
- OPINION: Our B.C. testing strategy for COVID-19: adapting to our pandemic – Dr. Bonnie Henry
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (7 new cases), May 12, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal update, May 12 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (23 new cases over 48 hours), May 11, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily update, Federal Gov to be “lender of last resort” for large companies, May 11, 2020
- Canada announces additional loans support for large employers
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (15 new cases), May 9, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (29 new cases), May 8, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily federal address extends Wage Subsidy program, May 8, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (33 new cases), May 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC announces plan for phased re-opening of the economy (plus Daily update 23 new cases)
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (8 new cases), May 5, 2020