Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday that 71 new cases of the disease have been recorded, for a total of 1,795 to date. Three other residents of long-term care homes died, bringing the province’s death toll to 90.
“We continue to experience new epidemics in the community. This is of course very, very concerning, “Henry told reporters.
She said Wednesday’s spike in new cases was the largest that British Columbia has ever seen. seen for weeks, should be a reminder that British Columbians must continue to commit to breaking the chains of transmission by staying at home and maintaining distance from others.
“One of the most important things we all need to do is stay home if we don’t feel well,” said Henry.
She stressed that employers should not penalize workers who have to stay at home because they feel sick. Business outbreaks affect everyone, said Henry, and they will also affect owners’ bottom lines.
As of Wednesday, there were 103 COVID-19 patients in British Columbia. hospitals, including 46 in intensive care. A total of 1,079 people have fully recovered from the disease.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said that British Columbia’s intensive care services are currently about 46% occupied. As the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 patients remains low, Dix said he hoped to eventually be able to resume scheduled elective surgeries that had been canceled in March.
“They are in our hearts, in our thoughts,” said Dix of the patients still waiting for their surgery.
The epidemic at Mission Institution continues to spread, with one more confirmed case totaling 77, said Henry. There are currently five inmates at the hospital.
The prison epidemic is the second largest in the province, said Henry, and it has created many challenges for health officials. One of them is released detainees who are bringing the virus with them.
“There are a number of issues in many areas regarding the release of the indigenous people and their return to their communities and yes, we are watching that,” she said.
No new cases have been recorded in connection with a virus outbreak at an East Vancouver poultry processing plant – 28 employees have so far tested positive for the virus. The outbreak is currently under investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health.
Both Henry and Dix recognized that there is still work to be done to implement the public health order that health workers can only work in one long-term care home. There are currently at least 20 active outbreaks at facilities in British Columbia.
“I think it has been an extraordinary effort to date and we hope it will be over soon,” said Dix.
On Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $ 9 billion Canada Student Emergency Benefit to help post-secondary students who will be unable to work this summer and who are not eligible for CERB. Students will be entitled to $ 1,250 per month from May to August.
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