There are 66 new cases in BC, for a total number of 725 cases of COVID-19.
- 725 confirmed cases
- By region:
- 241 in Fraser Health
- 62 in Interior Health
- 52 in Island Health
- 11 in Northern Health
- 359 in Vancouver Coastal Health
- By region:
- 66 hospitalized; 26 in intensive care
- 186 recovered
- 14 deaths (no new deaths today)
- 31,739 individuals tested as of March 24th
Tomorrow’s briefing is at 10:30 in the morning for information on the modelling being done by the province. The statistical briefing will happen later in the afternoon, as per usual.
There are new prescriber guidelines for people dealing with addictions. (Not too sure where this information is, once I find it, I’ll link it here. B/SPN)
Every day that we stay home brings us a day closer to managing this response. Again, we need 100% commitment from everyone. Do your part. Stay at home when you can. Stay apart. Provide those essential services. Maintain that physical distance. Take care of each other virtually. Be kind, and do your part.
There were 5,070 calls to 811 yesterday, with an average wait time of 5.3 minutes. This is a reflection of the tremendous commitment of the nurses and professionals answering the phone.
A number of professionals have reregistered in BC, including 26 doctors and 248 nurses; a number of care aids have also joined and re-joined the frontline workers.
There are 3,903 total beds vacant, at a vacancy rate of 63.6 per cent, with 371 critical care beds available, at a vacancy rate of 54.8% per cent.
The weeks and months to come will be a difficult time, emphasized Dix. Doing what we can do today will impact the degree of difficulty we will live through in the near future. It matters.
From the Q&A
Regarding releasing information specific to geography, there have been no outbreaks in care homes on Vancouver Island yet. There is community transmission throughout Vancouver Island and across B.C.
People who have had diagnostic surgeries cancelled are living both in fear of their own health issue and the fear of COVID-19. All of the 3,000 or so cancelled surgeries are necessary and required. Every hospital has made its own assessments. In some cases, these have or will go ahead; in others, they have been put off for the time being. Once we get through this, urgency will be in getting back to work with these surgeries. Under regular circumstances, we are operating at 103% occupancy.
We won’t see a dramatic change in stats for the next five or so days, but anything can happen with outbreaks. This is the time where we can make a difference.
“This is our best buffer” to prepare for a possibly grim future, noted Dr. Henry. Everybody has to commit to doing what they can, to complying with all orders, every single day.
International suppliers are under stress, as their own countries (primarily China and the US) are dealing with this pandemic as well. This is a significant supply disruption.
Physical distancing is a very real challenge in shelters.
Regarding custody battles and children going from one house to another, Dr. Henry said that legal access is still available by phone and other means. This question was out of scope for her.
BC does have an ethical framework, developed with the assistance of professional ethicists, should we hit capacity in the hospital and difficult decisions have to be made about admission and ventilator decisions. It is a very detailed process outlined in it, no physician will ever have to make that decision on their own. The framework will be activated once certain situations are actualized. Once they are finalized, the ethical frameworks will be publicly posted.
We are still looking for antibody tests. These tests let you know who was infected. The current test tells you if the virus is present. An antibody test is not useful in managing the outbreak, but it is useful in being able to see where people may have already been infected and have recovered. It’s helpful for understanding the virus, though not so much in managing it right now.
Watch the full video on Twitter below (please note, the video periodically hangs but it’s still streaming)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) March 26, 2020
- 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: BC Stats (78 more cases), Aug 13, 2020 – includes modelling and projections
- COVID-19: BC Stats (85 more cases), Aug 12, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (46 more cases), Aug 11, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (131 more cases over 3 days), Aug 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (53 more cases), Aug 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (47 new cases), Aug 6, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (47 new cases), Aug 5, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (146 new cases over 4 days), Aug 1, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (50 new cases), July 31, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (29 new cases), July 30, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (41 new cases), July 29, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (23 new cases), July 28, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (81 new cases over the past 3 days), July 27, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (27 new cases), July 24, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (30 new cases), July 23, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (34 new cases), July 22, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (30 new cases), July 21, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (102 new cases over 3 days), July 20, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (28 new cases), July 18, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (21 new cases), July 16, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (21 new cases), July 15, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (13 new cases), July 14, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (62 new cases over 3 days), July 13, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (25 new cases), July 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (20 new cases), July 9, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (18 new cases), July 8, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (12 new cases), July 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (31 new cases in three days), July 6, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (13 new cases), July 3, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (24 new cases in two days), July 2, 2020