The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 472
- New cases since March 21, 2020: 48
- Hospitalized cases: 33
- Intensive care: 14
- Deaths: 13
- Recovered: 100
Confirmed cases by region:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 248
- Fraser Health: 150
- Island Health: 39
- Interior Health: 30
- Northern Health: 5
- NEW: Testing capacity has increased to approximately 3,000 tests per day.
- 17,912 individuals tested as of March 20, 2020.
- Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test.
- If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or you are a returning traveller self-isolating at home, you do not require a test.
- For each of these situations, the public health advice remains the same, regardless of test results: self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for the development of symptoms or until your symptoms are completely gone.
- Those who have severe illness, require hospitalization, are residents of long-term care facilities or are health-care workers will continue to be tested.
- Anyone part of an active investigation or outbreak cluster will be tested so they can be appropriately monitored.
- If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider, call 811 for guidance or check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
Provincial advice and measures:
- NEW: Along with being able to check symptoms online, British Columbians can now download a new self-assessment app: https://bc.thrive.health/
- NEW: B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0013-000545
- NEW: List of provincial tax changes announced by government: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/tax-changes/covid-19-tax-changes
- NEW: Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EMBC0002-000542
- NEW: Restaurants allowed to use servers to deliver liquor products: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AG0027-000541
- Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, has ordered personal service establishments, such as but not limited to: nail salons, tattoo parlours, barbershops, beauty parlours, health spas and massage parlours are ordered to close until further notice. These services require direct, personal contact with other people – and that is impossible to deliver while maintaining appropriate distancing.
- The B.C. government support and relief for the province’s most vulnerable and those living in BC Housing: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0013-000536
- The B.C. government is taking steps to support the child care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0041-000530
- Henry has ordered all restaurants must move to take-out or delivery model only or close.
- BC Liquor Stores clarifies working hours, extra steps taken during COVID-19 pandemic: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AG0025-000528
- BC Parks to remain open with new COVID-19 protocols: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020ENV0005-000519
- Henry clarifies direction on physical distancing relating to going outside:
- It is safe to go outside to get fresh air, walk pets, ride a bike and exercise while maintaining safe physical distances.
- The B.C. government is waiving the MSP coverage wait period for people moving back to B.C. from COVID-19 impacted areas. In addition, the B.C. government is planning to provide health coverage to British Columbians who are out of province and unable to return: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents
- Long-term care facilities are to restrict visitors to essential visitors only.
- Rear door, free boarding on all B.C. Transit, Translink buses: https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/news?nid=1529708533639
- Resource for managing COVID-19 related stress, anxiety and depression: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health-safety/covid19_stressmanagement_5_accessible.pdf
- WorkSafeBC resources available for employers and workers: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates
- Provincial state of emergency has been declared: https://news.gov.bc.ca/21826
- BC Ferries has reduced food and retail services to minimal levels on board ships and at ferry terminals, effective March 18, 2020: https://www.bcferries.com/about/media_room/newsreleases.html
- Henry has reminded employers that they must excuse workers for sickness without requiring a doctor’s note.
- All public universities and colleges have switched to online classes for the rest of the term.
- Henry has issued an order providing criteria for exempting essential service workers from self-isolation protocols: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
- B.C. government has suspended K-12 learning in all classrooms. A decision on when and how to return will be made in partnership with school districts and independent schools.
- Businesses with liquor primary licenses (bars, pubs, night clubs, etc.) ordered to close: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/covid-19-pho-order-nightclubs-food-drink-services.pdf
- Henry has issued the following order for travellers:https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
- The B.C. government will make changes to the Employment Standards Act to protect workers and prevent layoffs.
- On March 16, 2020, Henry announced new measures related to mass gatherings: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/covid-19-pho-class-order-mass-gatherings.pdf
- Measures related to hospital operations, long-term care facilities, casinos and gatherings over 50 people are here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0086-000499
Media availability schedule:
Upcoming scheduled media availabilities with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Henry will be held:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Saturday, March 28, 2020 – noon, TBA
Public health emergency:
- Under a provincial health emergency, a provincial health officer, among other emergency powers, may:
- do orally what must otherwise be done in writing;
- serve an order in any manner;
- act in a shorter or longer time period than is otherwise required; and
- compel any peace officer to enforce an order.
- NEW: The federal government’s plan to mobilize science to fight COVID-19: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/23/canadas-plan-mobilize-science-fight-covid-19
- NEW: The federal government’s financial package for farmers and agri-food business: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/23/prime-minister-announces-support-farmers-and-agri-food-businesses
- On March 21, 2020, the federal government announced new measures to provide support for Canadians at home or abroad, as well as support for international students, seasonal agricultural workers and other temporary foreign workers: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/21/prime-minister-announces-efforts-bring-canadians-home-abroad
- Provincial health officer’s order for travellers: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
- On March 17, 2020, the federal government announced new measures relating to travel, including:
- Closure of the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential traffic going into effect Saturday, March 21, midnight: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2020/03/us-canada-joint-initiative-temporary-restriction-of-travelers-crossing-the-us-canada-border-for-non-essential-purposes.html
- On March 16, 2020, the federal government announced new measures relating to travel, including:
- banning entry of all foreign nationals by air travel from all countries;
- consolidating international inbound flights to four major hubs only, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR);
- preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada;
- strengthening in-flight medical procedures and medical screening immediately upon landing, with enhanced cleaning and disinfection at airports;
- support for impacted Canadians abroad; and
- 14-day self-isolation for all arrivals except for essential work.
- Global Affairs Canada has set up an emergency loan program for people abroad attempting to return to Canada.
- Public health officials require anyone arriving in B.C. from a foreign country to self-isolate for 14 days, staying away from work or school. Guidance for self-isolation is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation
- Help flatten the curve by checking symptoms online or downloading the app: https://covid19.thrive.health/
- If you or a family member have symptoms or need medical advice, call 811.
- Latest COVID-19 updates and statements: https://news.gov.bc.ca/Search?q=COVID-19
- Latest orders and directives from the provincial health officer can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
- For up-to-date non-medical information, including the latest travel restrictions and provincial and federal programs, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers, businesses, schools and those planning events of less than 50, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
- For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions
- For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
- For more information and latest updates on the #COVID19 pandemic, follow the BCCDC on Twitter at @CDCofBC or visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
- 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