Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia. Read the full statement here.
– 55 new cases, total of 2,053 cases in British Columbia.
– Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19:
- 803 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
- 918 are in the Fraser Health region,
- 119 are in the Island Health region,
- 168 are in the Interior Health region and
- 45 are in the Northern Health region.
– 2 new COVID-19 related deaths (one in the Interior Health region), total of 105 deaths in British Columbia.
– 46 employees at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, 34 employees at United Poultry in Vancouver, 120 inmates and staff at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre as well as 11 people connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta have been confirmed positive
– Of the total cases: 1,231 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, 94 individuals are currently hospitalized, 37 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– Our first priority is to ensure the health of all British Columbians. Every decision, every order and restriction is based on a comprehensive risk assessment focused on containing COVID-19.
– We use science as a foundation for our thinking, while recognizing that the actions we take also have significant social, financial and emotional implications.
– While we look ahead, we must all remember that our vulnerable citizens are still vulnerable. Our Elders and seniors, as well as those with underlying health conditions, are at highest risk of severe illness and we must continue to protect them.
– We must also ensure the capacity and tools we have developed within our health-care system to rapidly respond to an outbreak today are maintained.
– The decisions you make today will affect all of us tomorrow. Personal hygiene, safe physical distancing, staying away from others when ill. Our personal health precautions are directly correlated to the epidemiological curve. Let’s get this right and continue to do the right thing.