Today’s report from BC
Today’s report is essentially for two days as the last update was yesterday morning. So, the numbers for the last two 24- hour periods are as follows:
- New cases: 145
- 67 March 23,
- 78 March 24,
Total positive cases: 617
- 330 Vancouver Coastal
- 194 Fraser Health
- 44 Vancouver Island
- 41 Interior Health
- 9 Northern Health
- 59 people hospitalized
- 23 in intensive care
- No additional deaths, that number stays at 13. Regarding the dentist who recently diedthe coroner is investigating that situation.
The good news: 173 people who have fully recovered, which is 28% of all cases. Also in the good news file, once you have recovered from this, you will have a short term immunity to this (possibly weeks to months)
All professionals under the Regulated Health Act are limited to providing emergency services only. The Dental College had already given that directive to its professionals.
The public health strategy is informed by what’s happening around the world and being nimble in our response. BC is testing, and where the source of infection is unclear, that receives a testing priority. Because people coming in from outside of Canada are to quarantine for 14 days (with or without symptoms), that breaks the chain of transmission. BC continues to test where we don’t know the source, and community clusters, healthcare workers. Almost 30,000 tests have been performed in BC.
We are seeing escalating numbers. The majority of cases are in the lower mainland, but no regions are immune. That’s why distancing is critical. This stops transmission, this breaks the chain.
“We will get through this.”
Maintain your social connections, virtually. No physical contact, but definitely connect with your friends and family.
More hospital beds have been made available for a total of 3,866 beds available, with an occupancy rate of 66% (normal is 103.5%); critical care is at 55.3% availability. Approximately 3,500 tests are being done every day.
20,000 downloads on the new app (assuming BC COVID-19 Support) that has been launched yesterday. On Apple.
This will be a struggle for weeks and months. There is no quick fix, though the measures taken now will influence the timeline and the outcome. Everyone has to contribute. The numbers will continue to rise. The near future will be very difficult. We must make the effort now. We must stay physically apart from each other. Trust and cooperation play a role.
“We have a duty to deliver,” said Dix. “There must be 100% compliance. We must be all in.”
Note: This report does not cover the Q&A, to see it, watch the full video below.
Watch the full video on Twitter below:
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix give an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) March 24, 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
- Safe Seniors, Strong Communities: Helping isolated seniors stay connected and cared for during COVID-19
- COVID-19, John Horgan April 3, 2020 Special Community Report
- Artisans Garden COVID-19 update: Garden Centres considered essential service
- COVID-19 Sooke Update: Call from Province to report critical supplies inventory – Sooke Tennis Court closed
- COVID-19 updates – New Sooke business information webpage, additional park closures and SD62 announcement, March 30, 2020
- COVID-19: Weekly address from Mayor Maja Tait, March 30, 2020
- Sooke’s ARTiFACTS Show is still on … online!
- What about our pets? Are they affected by COVID-19? G. Varano checks it out
- Sooke Fine Arts Society considers virtual Fine Arts Show for 2020
- COVID-19 and Sooke in photos, by Gregory Varano
- Open Burning now prohibited within Sooke – provincial powers under state of emergency
- Bosley’s in Sooke offers free, no-contact delivery from Metchosin to Port Renfrew
- Province closing certain parks, recreation areas
- District of Sooke closes parks and playgrounds effective March 25, 2020
- Restaurants allowed to use unemployed servers to deliver liquor products
- COVID-19: Teacher resource, FreshGrade’s Distance Learning Platform Free to all Teachers
- COVID-19, Local parks closed: Mayor’s message, March 24, 2020
- District of Sooke News Release: COVID-19, Physical Distancing – Social Solidarity
- COVID-19: Sooke Mayor’s address to the municipality – March 23, 2020
- Sooke businesses do their part: Social Distancing closing business doors in Sooke
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (9 new cases), May 27, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (11 new cases), May 26, 2020
- COVID-19: Daily Statistical update (12 new cases over two days), May 25, 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