Three other British Columbians have died from the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, announced provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry on Saturday.
Deaths crown British Columbia’s deadliest week of the pandemic to date, with more than a dozen of the province’s 38 deaths since Wednesday.
Henry also announced another outbreak in a long-term care facility in the Lower Mainland, bringing the total number of these nursing homes with outbreaks in the province to 23.
The provincial health worker reiterated what she said on Friday regarding outbreaks in elderly care, noting that most facilities where the virus has been detected have had only one case.
“This is an area we are working on,” said Henry. “For most of these epidemics, early detection has made a huge difference. “
In addition, 29 more people in British Columbia. have now tested positive for the virus, bringing the provincial total to 1,203.
Among them, 149 are currently hospitalized, including 68 in intensive care.
The relatively small number of new cases and the relatively stable number of hospitalizations in the past few days prompted Henry to ask, during his daily updates, whether the many aggressive public health measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus worked.
Earlier in the week, Henry described the smaller numbers as “our flattening of our curve.” On Saturday, she reiterated this message, but also reiterated her warning that the public must remain determined to stop the transmission of the virus.
“I don’t think I’m ready to say anything is a win at the moment, but every day that we’ve folded that curve is a good thing,” said Henry. “There are a lot of things that are beyond our control that can happen, and that is why we are making so much of the people who are entering the country right now, because we are holding out here right now. “
For those returning to Canada from abroad, the provincial health worker called British Columbia. residents to help support friends or family members who are subject to the federal government’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.
“If you have a loved one, a community member who comes home, do what you have to do to support them,” said Henry.
“It could mean buying and dropping groceries for them, making sure they have a way to get home from the airport without taking public transportation, having frequent virtual tours. We must, as a community, help people to do this … We must all be united, to stop the transmission of this virus now. “
The majority of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia continue to be located in the Lower Mainland, with 554 in the Vancouver coastal region and 424 in the Fraser region.
Between them, these two health authorities cover the whole of Greater Vancouver and the surrounding communities of the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Elsewhere in the province, there are 128 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region, 76 in Island Health and 21 in Northern Health.
These figures reflect the total number of people who tested positive for the virus in each region. The modeling of the pandemic that Henry previously published suggests that the number of people infected with the virus is greater than the number of positive tests.
A total of 704 people who tested positive for the virus in British Columbia. are now considered fully recovered.
A US sign language translation of today’s press conference is available on the provincial government’s YouTube page.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.