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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: April 18, 2020

Joint statement on Province of British Columbia COVID-19 response, 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:

  • 29 new cases, total of 1,647 cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia.
  • Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19:
    • 686 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
    • 680 are in the Fraser Health region,
    • 97 are in the Island Health region,
    • 150 are in the Interior Health region and
    • 34 are in the Northern Health region.
  • 3 new COVID-19 related deaths for a total of 81 deaths in British Columbia.
  • There have been no new outbreaks in the last day.
  • To date, 987 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation, 115 individuals are hospitalized and 54 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
  • British Columbians have listened to the orders and restrictions. However, we cannot lose sight of the important fact that we continue to have new cases and tragically, new deaths.
  • The easing of restrictions will be gradual and slow because of the nature of the COVID-19 virus and the up-to-two-week delay in the onset of symptoms. This is why we will be watching the curve closely over the coming week to see what the impacts of the recent holiday weekend may be.
  • A thoughtful and careful approach will be taken, and only if we continue to see sustained improvement will we be able to introduce modifications. The earliest we would anticipate any changes would be mid-May.

BC Covid-19 Response Update with information on new provincial advice and measures including the latest modelling presentation and new federal measures.