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COVID-19 – DAILY BULLETIN: April 9, 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 full statement here.

  • 34 new cases, total of 1,370 cases in British Columbia.
  • Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19:
    • 626 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region,
    • 508 are in the Fraser Health region,
    • 82 are in the Island Health region,
    • 130 are in the Interior Health region and
    • 24 are in the Northern Health region.
  • two new COVID-19 related deaths, total of 50 deaths in British Columbia.
  • 858 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.
  • 132 individuals are currently hospitalized, 68 are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“To flatten the curve, we must ensure our health system is robust and fully able to address the unparalleled challenges of COVID-19. We must also take care of our front-line workers so they can care for us, protect and support our most vulnerable, and do all we can to keep our firewall strong.

“This is a challenging time for all of us – physically, emotionally and mentally – especially when our meaningful connections are virtual connections. There are many resources available and, as the Province announced today, more are on the way. If you are struggling and need help, please reach out.

“This holiday weekend is not the time for travel, unless absolutely necessary. Rather, let’s make it an ‘unwind and be kind’ weekend at home. There are lots of things we can do to relax, have fun and connect with family, friends and our local community at a safe distance.

Joint statement by the Ministers of Health for British Columbia and Alberta

“Let us be clear: Staying home means no travelling – especially across our borders. Instead, we encourage everyone to find ways to connect virtually this long weekend, including by video chat or with phone calls.