75 people in British Columbia have now died of COVID-19, including the 1st patient inside

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BC. has seen 75 people die from COVID-19, while the number of cases in long-term care homes continues to increase.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Wednesday that three more deaths from the disease have been recorded in the past 24 hours. This includes the first death in the home health region, where a man in his 60s died at home.

Forty-four other cases of new coronavirus have been confirmed in the province, for a total of 1,561 to date.

Henry said after the previous deaths of COVID-19 patients who were recovering at home, health officials have adjusted their surveillance strategy.

“We are focusing more attention on assessing people’s symptoms during the second week of illness,” she said.

Henry said the critical time for COVID-19 patients is around days five, six and seven of their illnesses, when they can go down very quickly.

There are active outbreaks in 21 long-term care homes in the Lower Mainland, where 265 residents and staff have tested positive for the disease.

The epidemic at Mission Institution also continues to grow, with 48 people now positive for the new coronavirus and seven in the hospital. Three other positive cases were recorded among temporary foreign workers at the Bylands Nurseries in West Kelowna.

As of Wednesday, there were 131 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, including 59 in intensive care. A total of 955 people have recovered from their illness.

In Wednesday’s daily briefing, Henry stressed the importance for British Columbians to be kind and understanding with one another in these difficult times. She said she heard stories of anger in the community, which she described as “a manifestation of anxiety and fear.”

Henry urged everyone to support each other and respond to the anger with kindness.

“We all make a difference and we make it out together,” she said.

Watch: Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about the importance of supporting each other

British Columbia provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry recognizes that uncertainty about the future may be hard for people to hear, but to overcome the COVID-19 epidemic, the public must do your best to support each other. 1:24

“Not a turning point”

Later this week, Henry plans to release new modeling of British Columbia’s response to the new coronavirus.

“We want everyone to understand and see what we see. This is not a turning point, “said Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

“What we’re seeing is people from British Columbia who are participating, who are participating… to help bend the curve. “

Henry said B.C. is still at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is too early to speak of ending physical distancing measures.

“I have great concerns about the return to the so-called normal,” she said. “I can’t even begin to think that we would allow this type of return to practice that puts people at risk again. “

She said the first steps to normal living would more likely be to resume certain operations in the health care system that were suspended last month.

“It will take a few more weeks for us to drop a little bit,” she said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the federal government announced that it would relax the eligibility requirements for the Canadian emergency response benefit to include those who are still earning but have low incomes, seasonal workers, as well as those who do not. have more employment insurance.

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