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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: April 23, 2020

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s 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 1,824 cases in British Columbia.
– Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19:

  • 755 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
  • 760 are in the Fraser Health region,
  • 111 are in the Island Health region,
  • 156 are in the Interior Health region and
  • 42 are in the Northern Health region.

– 4 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 94 deaths in British Columbia.
– To date, 1,092 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.
– Of the total COVID-19 cases, 103 individuals are currently hospitalized, 44 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
– A new public health order and guidance for agriculture, aquaculture, forestry and natural resources sectors are being provided to industry today to protect the safety of workers and communities as we manage through this pandemic.
– The challenge for all of us right now is to recognize that COVID-19 will be in our communities for many months to come.
– What this means, is that in order for us to get to a point where we can ease restrictions in B.C., we have to reach a manageable number of new cases: one that does not overwhelm our health-care system, so we can continue to provide the best care possible for all those who are ill.
– It is a careful balance, and it is a balance that is difficult to find. A misstep in the wrong direction puts us all at risk. A playdate for your children, a gathering with friends, non-essential travel – any of these actions exponentially increase potential exposures to COVID-19 for ourselves and those we care for most.
– This is not forever. We will get through this hurricane in the safest, best way possible. But now is most certainly not the time to tip the scales against us. Rather, it is a time for patience and resilience, to demonstrate to each other that in the face of our pandemic, we are standing strong.