Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

COVID-19: Officials still preparing for worst-case scenario in B.C.

FILE- Dr. Henry said Tuesday the recorded number of coronavirus cases in B.C. is now 617 FILE- Dr. Henry said Tuesday the recorded number of coronavirus cases in B.C. is now 617
Gustavo Carr | 27 March, 2020, 02:35

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. has risen to 725 after 66 new cases were identified on Thursday.

Of those, 64 people were in hospital, and 26 were in intensive care.

Henry said that another person who had contracted the virus at a care home in North Vancouver has died.

There are no new deaths, and 186 people have now recovered from their illness.

Across the province, there are now 359 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 241 cases in Fraser Health, 52 in Island Health, 62 in Interior Health and 11 in Northern Health.

British Columbia's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 617.

Henry also pointed to the fact that BC has taken measures to contain the spread of the virus at a different point in time in the virus's trajectory than Italy, as well as the fact the province's testing strategy has been informed by the experience of other countries.

Horgan acknowledged that $500 doesn't go a long way in B.C.'s pricey rental market, but said the money fills a gap along with the federal government's $2,000-per-month Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and the province's one-time, $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers payment. "No community is immune".

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The province has seen 183 recoveries which sounds pretty high especially compared with other provinces in Canada.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that if (people) are sick or self-isolating, or if they have had their hours cut back or they were laid off that they would not be fearful of losing their home", Horgan said.

"Within a matter of weeks, things have changed drastically for all of us", explained Mackenzie.

While both expressed hope that B.C. will be able to avoid the worst-case scenario, preparations are still being made.

Dix said that there were now 3,066 acute care beds available, making the current occupancy rate of those beds just 66 per cent. Normally they would be above regular capacity at 103.5 per cent. Many of those beds were freed up by the cancellation or rescheduling of non-essential surgeries.

Dr. Bonnie Henry will address the public at her latest news conference Thursday. She advised anyone who attended the conference to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson said those measures would help renters and landowners maintain physical distancing.

"We are testing and contact tracing anyone who we don't know the source of their infection", she said.