BC Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the following announcement, that $1.6B is being infused into the healthcare system in BC. This will include more contact tracing, an influenza program that includes two million doses, and a newly announced Hospital at Home Program, designed to reduce transmissions.
The Hospital at Home program will ensure that eligible patients get the care they need in their own homes. It will start at the Victoria General Hospital and will slowly be rolled out across BC.
Schools are still on schedule to open tomorrow.
In order to get back to leading Canada in the pandemic response, it falls to all residents of BC to adhere to sound pandemic behaviours including social distancing, proper hand hygiene, sneezing into your elbow, staying home when you’re sick, and wearing masks were social distancing is not possible.
Following are the slides from the presentation, and below is the full video, including the Q&A that followed the presentation.
Current testing capacity is 8,000 to 10,000, meaning that the highest amount of tests that can be done on any given day. The province is aiming to double that capacity.
The national sick day program is yet to role out, that will allow people to stay at home if they are ill (as is required by health orders) without a loss of pay (currently, there is no pay protection for the masses amount of people not protected by a union). Horgan said he is awaiting a “positive” announcement from the Prime Minister shortly.
Watch the full video here.