Since March 28, there have been 86 new cases (16 on Mar 29; 30 on Mar 30), bringing the total to 970 confirmed cases as of March 30, 2020
- 970 confirmed cases
- 469 recovered in BC
- 19 deaths in BC
- Cases by region:
- 323 in Fraser Health
- 94 in Interior Health
- 67 in Island Health (up from 60)
- 14 in Northern Health
- 472 in Vancouver Coastal Health
- 42,028 tests completed.
- 106 people hospitalized, with 60 in critical and intensive care
- 469 fully recovered, or 48% of all cases.
- There have been 2 additional deaths in this two-day period, both in the Vancouver Coastal region, for a total of 19 deceased loved ones. One of the two happening outside of a medical facility. This is the first community death.
The next two weeks are critical for us. The things that we are doing are making a difference, but we have not yet reached our peak. We need to keep up our diligence. Every person needs to do their bit. Stay physically apart, but connect with each other.
A reminder that the 50-people limit on gatherings does not mean that you cannot have 49 people at a house party. Please understand that even small groups inside are a risk.
Regarding supplies, they are coming in. Nineteen (19) of the provincial hospitals are identified as COVID-ready.
Parents are encouraged to incorporate learning into everyday activities.
This is it. This is our watershed moment. We need to keep on doing our part, double up your efforts, and keep up the great work.
Adrian Dix on hospital preparedness
- 4,233 vacant beds across all hospital sites, with additional beds being prepared for lower acuity cases.
- 19 hospitals are COVID-19-ready, including Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospital, along with the Nanaimo hospital.
- Paid parking is suspended affective April 1 (ie, no payment is required, no touching machines, etc.), payment deductions for staff parking will no longer happen.
- The approach on getting supplies is based on preparation, not desperation. Several PPE (personal protection equipment) orders have already come in including gowns, masks (one million received just today) and goggles.
- The average wait-time on 811 was 1.3 minutes.
From the Q&A
BC is still doing over 3,000 a day, with testing being done on those most likely to have it, and those most likely to need healthcare services. This is now being transmitting in our communities across the province. If you are sick, self-isolate. All of us are anxious. It is challenging not knowing what’s coming in the future. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few weeks. We can only continue to prepare.
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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) March 30, 2020
From their media release:
“We are at a critical juncture in our provincial COVID-19 response. We have two paths ahead: we will begin to see evidence of a flattened curve or our rates of infection will rise even more.
“Our entire government is doing everything we can to address this challenge, and we need every person in our province to do the same. Let us be united in this singular purpose: in these next two crucial weeks we must be 100% committed to flattening the curve and lessening the devastating impacts of this virus.
“While we are watching the epi-curve closely, we continue with the active readiness of our health-care system to prepare for the potential of a large spike in COVID-19 cases.
“A shipment of one million surgical masks has arrived as we continue to restock our provincial personal-protection equipment supplies.
“We have designated 19 major hospitals across the province as primary COVID-19 facilities to deliver care to the most critically ill patients.
“To maximize capacity at these primary sites, we are also readying a number of off-site treatment centres, such as the Vancouver Convention Centre (with resources for approximately 270 beds) and the new tower at the Royal Columbian Hospital (with resources for approximately 80 beds), to be ready for providing less acute in-patient care. In coming days, other health authorities will begin making similar preparations.
“Additionally, in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are suspending pay parking for the patients, staff and visitors at all health authority owned and operated sites, effective April 1 until further notice. This change makes it easier for individuals to avoid touching screens and buttons at payment kiosks that may have been touched by someone previously, and also supports physical distancing measures. Health authorities will provide details on this change of practice at each of their facilities.
“This week, our K-12 educators and students will begin a new form of learning as in-class education remains suspended. The Keep Learning BC website is a new resource to give families additional support and provide guidance on how to incorporate learning into their everyday activities.
“Equally important for families, as we all adjust to the physical distancing measures, is to use the many tools and creative solutions available to maintain the valuable social connections between students that would otherwise be provided in school settings.”
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- 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
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- 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
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- 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
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- 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