Remembering that there was no update on Sunday (April 5), here is Monday’s statistical update for B.C.
There are 63 (26, Sat to Sun; 37 today) new confirmed cases in B.C. (up from 1,203 confirmed cases as of April 4, 2020) for a new total of 1,266
- (up from 704 recovered in BC
- (up from 38 deaths in BC
- Cases by region:
- 450 in Fraser Health
- 128 in Interior Health
- 79 in Island Health (up from 76)
- 23 in Northern Health
- 586 in Vancouver Coastal Health
- 210 cases associated with longterm care or assisted living, 21 active outbreaks; 3 previous ones are declared over.
- 140 people hospitalized, 72 in ICU
- 1 additional death of a loved one, a known case of a man in his 40s, who passed away at his home
- 783 people recovered
- There’s another outbreak in a correctional facility in Mission (2 cases)
We are now in the middle of our monitored people, and we must be diligent. While the curve appears to be bending, the hotspots are concerning. We must keep the firewall strong. Keep on doing everything you can to break the chains of transmission. Continue being kind to all who have to work, they are our frontline workers, whether they are in healthcare or grocery stores. Stress is normal at times like this, especially given the uncertainty. Those with chronic health conditions need to keep on working with their medical team(s). Lend your support to others. BouncebackBC is a good resource to consider.
Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.
Read Dr. Henry’s editorial here.
Minister Adrian Dix added there are 4,422 hospital beds are available in B.C.
BC continues to work hard to obtain PPEs, BC has received a small supply from the federal government, recognizing that there’s a worldwide demand right now. The province currently has 620 ventilators available at our hospitals, with more coming.
It’s absolutely critical that everyone commits to 100% compliance to physical distancing and isolation. Every single person should have a plan in place. Joint measures will be announced soon with the federal government.
There has been some flattening of the curve in some areas, and that is a direct result of our collective efforts. We cannot drop the ball now. Please stay diligent.
From the Q&A
For some people, it’s not an option to remove their relatives from long-term care. The threshold to respond to outbreaks is very low, meaning that one single case will trigger testing and prevention measures.
Dr. Bonnie reiterated Dr. Tam’s message from this morning: Masks are OK as a preventative measure, please use non-medical masks. She also noted that the virus cannot jump 6 feet on its own, so distancing is just as important (if not more). Masks are not a proven prevention measure, but they can prevent your droplets from getting out if you feel you can’t cover your cough when you need to.
The current stats are of known cases. There is no way to know the actual number currently in the community. Testing goes to known and potential clusters. That is why physical distancing is critical, and if you are sick or just returned from abroad you must self-isolate. (The message here is: Assume it’s in your community, and act accordingly.)
BC took measures quite early, we were one of the first provinces to have cases, so the measures were implemented before community spread could take place. We learned, in part, from what was happening in Quebec, where they have a March break that was two weeks earlier. With returning travellers in greater number, they may have had more vulnerability to the viral spread within communities before cases were known.
Progress has been made with international travel on a federal and provincial level. Every single person coming back has to have a plan to self-isolate for 14-days, that a rule under the quarantine act issued by the federal government.
There is a team at the Ministry of Health that focusses on verification that supplies being offered are actually effective and valid. You can access this through BC’s COVID19 website.
Minister Dix said they are “feeling good” about PPE (personal protection equipment) supplies for healthcare workers, both what we have and what is scheduled to arrive. There has been some success with ventilators and PPEs. There are optimistic signs that supplies will be coming from Ottawa shortly.
Young people are not immune from this virus. Alberta has seen the death of a 20-year-old.
Watch the update online, via Twitter, here (starts about 16.5 minutes in):
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) April 6, 2020
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