Today’s provincial update from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix:
- Today there are 53 new test positive cases in BC, for a total of 1,174.
- 541 Vancouver Coastal
- 412 Fraser Health
- 74 Vancouver Island
- 126 Interior Region
- 21 Northern Health
- There’s another long term care home outbreak, making a total of 22.
- 146 people are in hospital care, with 64 in ICU
- Four more loved ones have died, bringing that number up to 35
- 641 who have completely recovered
- 45,966 people have been tested
- 4399 empty acute care beds available in BC
Between Mar 17 – April 2, 11,276 elective surgeries (but still necessary surgeries) have been cancelled to accommodate
- 1,208 hip and knee replacements
- 240 Dental surgeries
- 7,801 other surgeries
Dix assured the people whose surgery has been cancelled, you are still on the list, you are still a priority, and once this crisis is over, the commitment goes to you.
Dr. Henry recognized the tremendous uncertainty that is faced by today’s youth. “What’s happening now is extraordinary,” and she encouraged youth to reach out to trusted adults with questions they may have about this exceptional time.
To everyone: The risk remains high, we are in the thick of things right now. “This is our time to hold the line,” she said. Keep the firewall up, keep on working hard to flatten the line.
Stay at home if you can, stay apart, wash wash wash your hands. Self-isolate if you are a traveller or if you are ill. And please stay connected socially through the phone, the internet, whatever tools you have available to you. Travellers especially must self-isolate immediately when they come home.
Dix noted the disappointing news coming out of the United States today (disappointing, but not surprising, this is a part of an ongoing challenge). Dix did note that many of the raw materials used by the US to manufacture PPE equipment come from Canada, negotiations are ongoing.
This is our time, we have to do more than ever, be a messenger for the measures taken and the order, everyone has to be all-in, 100%. If we do that, we can continue to contain the growth.
From the Q&A
People with chronic conditions need to keep in touch with their physicians and clinicians. Many doctor’s offices are doing consultation remotely and online. Take advantage of this!
Regarding international concerns (US wanting to stop the distribution of masks to Canada and Latin America), Dix said we need to support our political leaders, and we need to find solutions that benefit both north and south of the border. The whole world is in this together. Retaliation is not the answer. This is the world’s fight, together. We need to convince our American friends that their action is wrong, and the at we need to find solutions that work to the benefit of all.
No fines have had to yet be issued in BC.
While Ontario has issued an order that no unrelated people are allowed to be closer than two meters to each other, Dr. Henry preferred the existing BC approach. She noted that enforcement with Ontario’s order would be difficult and would require confrontation and verification of relationship, making it difficult to enforce. Her concern was more the parties that are still going on, where the virus can be easily spread among those who show low to light symptoms, and dangerously spread to those more vulnerable in our society.
The decision to go to free parking at hospitals was to support the workers and those people who needed medical service. Please don’t abuse this.
When asked about death predictions for BC, Dr. Henry noted that modelling is not predictive.
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- OPINION: Our B.C. testing strategy for COVID-19: adapting to our pandemic – Dr. Bonnie Henry
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