Dr. Bonnie Henry noted that there are 53 new test positive cases in BC today, for a total of 1066. The regional breakdown is as follows:
- By region:
- 497 Vancouver Coastal
- 367 Fraser Health
- 72 Vancouver Island (up from 67)
- 114 Interior Health
- 16 Northern Health
- 44,639 tests completed
- 606 people have fully recovered
- There has been an additional death of a loved one, for a total of 25 deaths
- 142 individuals are hospitalized, with 67 people currently in intensive care
There are currently 4,192 acute care beds empty. Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that the medical system is being used less for other matters. Ambulance calls are down. Repatriation efforts continue. Dix noted that none of those who have returned from overseas or from a cruise ship have infected others. There is no ambiguity about what returning Canadians are obliged to do upon returning to Canada. This message needs to be “beefed up.”
The government has posted its ethical framework on the duty of care. This is their guiding framework.
Stay with this. There are some signs that our efforts are paying off, but we cannot relax just yet. Keep with the efforts you are doing, and then some.
“All of us have to step up our game now.”
From the Q&A
The use of non-medical masks for asymptomatic people (people with no symptoms) can have some benefit to keeping your droplets and secretions in, and can stop you from touching your face. It is not proven that they provide the wearer with any protection. You cannot use this in isolation and believe that this and this alone will protect you.
Early on, the test capacity was limited because of limited capacity. The capacity has been increased, and we have no saturated the vulnerable populations. Those numbers are still going up. This says they are testing the right people. The government is also doing what is called “surveillance testing” where if someone has a test for a respiratory virus, they are automatically also tested for COVID-19. They have been doing this from the beginning. These tests provide a sense of what’s happening throughout various communities in BC. The province’s testing is not unlimited, so it has to be done thoughtfully and strategically. On a per-capita basis, BC is still among the top of the world when it comes to testing numbers.
Everyone, for the most part, wants to do the right thing. Given the means, people do make the right choices. Reach out and ask for help if you are in quarantine. Reach out and offer help if you are in a position to assist.
Home testing kits have too many false negatives and false positives to provide much use. There are tests coming to BC that show if people have HAD the virus and have developed some immunities. These are not that useful for now, but they will show us the reach of the virus and natural immunities.
Watch the full address here.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
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