British Columbia has recorded one more death from COVID-19 and 63 other positive test cases since the last update on the weekend.
Speaking at her daily briefing on Monday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said that the last person to have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia. is a man in his forties who died at home, even though he was known to be a carrier of the virus.
It is unclear why the patient was not treated in hospital. Few personal details were shared about who he was, although the B.C. Coroners’ Service told CTV News that he lived in the Lower Mainland.
The latest COVID-19 cases in British Columbia, which were confirmed between Saturday afternoon and Monday, bring the provincial total to 1,266, although officials have also announced that another 79 people have recovered from the virus. This marks the third consecutive update where recoveries have exceeded infections.
“Our percentage of new cases, as you can see, has slowed down,” said Henry. “This is really important, and it is a testament to the effort that everyone here in British Columbia has made in the past few weeks, but we must keep this solid firewall. “
Henry also announced on Monday that the number of long-term care homes and assisted living facilities facing local COVID-19 outbreaks has decreased to 21 from 24. Homes are not cleaned until they are finished. have not been free from new cases during two incubation periods. , according to health officials.
Meanwhile, Ontario and Quebec continue to see large increases in their number of cases daily. On Monday, the provinces reached 4,347 and 8,580 positive cases, respectively.
Asked about the relative success of British Columbia, Dr. Henry attributed a mixture of luck and preparation. The timing of British Columbia’s spring break allowed health officials to observe what happened in Quebec, where families went on vacation two weeks earlier.
“They have very strong ties, as we know, with countries like France, and people went home after the March holidays and fell ill,” she said.
But British Columbia also continues to see new outbreaks of COVID-19, including in a federal Mission prison over the weekend, where two inmates have so far caught the virus.
Health officials have stressed that everyone must continue to practice physical distance, regular hand washing and other precautions to keep the province on its current path.
“We continue to see clusters and epidemics in our communities and facilities, and these hot spots are of great concern,” said Henry. “They can quickly escalate and question our response, our ability to keep things under control. “
As the long Easter weekend approaches, British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix urged people to find a way to continue following public health advice while observing religious or family traditions.
“This is not the time to come together as a group to celebrate, but to recognize these important moments of faith in new ways – virtually – to both meet the demands of religious faith, but also to ensure that let everyone be protected in these times, “he said.
There are currently 445 positive test cases in the province. Among them, 140 people are hospitalized for the virus, including 72 in intensive care.
The latest community death is under investigation by British Columbia. Coroners service. The victim is only the second person to die outside of a hospital or health care facility in British Columbia, after North Vancouver dentist Dr. Denis Vincent.
A US sign language translation of today’s press conference is available on the province’s YouTube page.