The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020. In the past 24 hours, there have been 29 new test-positive cases in BC.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C., April 21: 1,824
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 755
- Fraser Health: 760
- Island Health: 111 (updated from 110)
- Interior Health: 156
- Northern Health: 42
- New cases: 29
- Hospitalized cases: 103 (103 yesterday)
- Intensive care: 44 (46 yesterday)
- 4 more loved ones have died (total deaths in BC to date 94)
- Recovered: 1,092 (Previously 1,079)
- 66,977 individuals have been tested as of April 22, 2020.
- If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
- If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
There is an outbreak at the Superior Poultry Plant in Coquitlam, the second poultry plant to have an outbreak. It is becoming clear that we are going to live with this virus for some time. We have to figure out how to manage this disease without seeing an explosive increase as has happened elsewhere in the world. We don’t need to be a zero count increase to start lifting restrictions, but we want to see a significant and steady decrease. We will need to manage the clusters and outbreaks. Once we do that, we can increase our social connections and exposures. We can do this. Essential services have continued, and guidance has been imposed to let this happen. We will need to be careful and thoughtful. A misstep in the wrong direction will put all of us at risk. We’ve seen how fast this can travel. As we expand our circle of exposure, this will need to be done thoughtfully and carefully, and we will have to weigh the risks and make judgements. More guidance will be provided in the coming days. Again, the reminder that this is not forever. It may be months. It may even be a year. But it will end. We will get through this together. It’s a time for patience and resilience. Stay calm, be kind and be safe.
From the Q&A
Because BC made the choice to flatten the curve, it means that cases will continue showing up. When it comes to re-opening the economy, physical distancing will have to continue, as will the restrictions on social gatherings. The bigger the crowd, the greater the chance of seeing a significant outbreak. The recent outbreaks (assuming at the poultry places) show how outbreaks can happen, and show the importance of everyone doing their part and staying at home if they feel ill and then getting tested.
Superior Poultry Plant is a sister outlet to yesterday’s poultry plant. There were some people moving between both places. Each is under a different management structure, but there was cross-contamination. These are the trains of transmission that we find. These are the things we need to be aware of.
Personal grooming businesses (hair stylists, nail manicurists, etc) were deregulated in 2003 by the previous government. That said, there are infection and prevention controls in place, so it’s not a free-for-all. There is some oversight, and it is complaint-driven. All businesses will be asked to have distancing plans and safety plans in place when we are ready to re-open the economy. There will be a minimum requirement in place before sectors can reopen. That is still to be developed.
Men represent 47% of the diagnosed cases but represent about two-thirds of those who require hospitalization. This is happening worldwide and is being explored. There are no answers yet as to why this is happening.
Dashboard (click to visit the live dashboard)
Visit the BC COVID-19 Dashboard or click on the image below for the latest case counts and information on recoveries, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more. (Internet Explorer users: please use the Internet Explorer version of the BC COVID-19 Dashboard.)
Watch the full video below
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) April 23, 2020
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