What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia on April 10, 2020

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  • People in British Columbia should not travel this long weekend unless it is absolutely essential.
  • A statement with the latest British Columbia case numbers is expected around 3:00 p.m. PT.
  • A total of 1370 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia.
  • 50 people died.
  • 858 confirmed patients have recovered from the disease.
  • On Thursday, 132 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, including 68 in intensive care.
  • The epidemic at Mission Institution continues to grow, with 24 cases now confirmed.

As the long weekend begins, British Columbia health officials warn that the province’s progress in bending the COVID-19 curve could be lost if people do not resist the temptation to travel or to get together with friends.

“We are not yet on our backs. We’re going to have a bumpy ride for a while, ”said Dr. Bonnie Henry’s health manager on Thursday.

“For this long weekend, it is more important than ever that we continue. “

Henry said it’s okay to go out for a walk and some fresh air, but only with people you live with and away from the crowds. Many municipal parks have blocked their parking lots to discourage visitors from out of town and from British Columbia. Parks closed all provincial parks for the same reason.

It is also not advisable to leave town to spend the weekend on a second property in a smaller, more rural community.

The best doctor in the province has admitted that the outings will be tempting, given the weather over the weekend, but the family reunions will put people in danger and threaten British Columbia’s progress.

A health worker at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on Thursday held a flower during daily cheering and cheering from hospital staff. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

To date, B.C. has confirmed 1,370 cases of the virus in the province, including 858 patients who have fully recovered from their illness.

There are now 20 active outbreaks in long-term care homes in the Lower Mainland, while the number of cases at Mission Institution, a federal prison, continues to increase, with 24 confirmed.

A man looks at his phone while wearing a protective mask with his dog at English Bay in Vancouver on April 9, 2020. (Ben Nelms / CBC)

Henry released a statement on Friday to answer questions from the public regarding the wearing of cloth masks. She said medical masks should be kept for healthcare professionals, but a cloth mask is a personal choice.

She said the masks will help you avoid spreading the disease to others, but “will not protect you from COVID-19”.

“Choosing to wear such a face covering is like coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve,” wrote Henry. “The use of a cloth mask does not allow you to ignore orders for physical removal and isolation. “

She said the best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Friday that the physical distancing measures should continue. He said “normalcy” would not return until a vaccine was developed, which could take up to a year.

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Important reminders:

Health officials widely agree that the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other diseases is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

The World Health Organization has said that more than 80% of COVID-19 infections are mild.

What’s going on elsewhere in Canada

As of Friday, 3 a.m. PST, Canada had 20,765 confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. Provinces and territories that provide data on recovered cases reported that 5,324 cases were resolved. CBC News death count, based on public health information and reports, lists 544 COVID-19 deaths in Canada, as well as two deaths of Canadians abroad related to coronavirus

The numbers, which are updated at least daily by the provinces and territories, are not a complete picture, as they do not take into account those who have not been tested, those who are the subject of an investigation as a potential case and people who are still waiting for the test results. .

To see what’s going on across the country and around the world, check out the CBC interactive case tracker.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

But more serious symptoms may develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Stay at home. Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority or 811. Do not go to an emergency room or emergency care center for a test.

Find information on COVID-19 from British Columbia. Center for Disease Control.

Non-medical information on COVID-19 is available in British Columbia. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT, seven days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).

What can I do to protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
  • Keep at least two meters away from sick people.
  • When you are outside the house, move two meters away from other people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Masks will not fully protect you from infection, but may prevent you from infecting others.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.

If you have a story related to COVID-19 that we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at [email protected]

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