What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia on April 17, 2020



  • Provincial officials will update on COVID-19 modeling in British Columbia at 11:00 a.m. PT.
  • The last cases are expected around 3 p.m. PT.
  • On Thursday afternoon, B.C. confirmed 1,575 cases of COVID-19.
  • 78 people died from the disease.
  • 983 patients recovered.
  • 120 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 56 in intensive care.

British Columbians have been promised a clearer picture of the impact of the province’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of new statistical models on Friday morning.

A press conference with provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry is scheduled for the official release at 11:00 am Pacific time.

As of Thursday afternoon, the province had recorded 1,575 positive cases and 78 deaths. At least 983 people have recovered from COVID-19.

A total of 120 patients are currently hospitalized, including 56 in intensive care.

Outbreaks are ongoing in 26 long-term care homes, two provincial correctional centers and a federal prison. Mission Institution, the federal prison, saw 61 people infected with the new coronavirus. One person died as a result of this outbreak.

The province also registered its first hospital epidemic in an acute care unit at Ridge Meadows Hospital, a statement said on Thursday.

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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

There were 30,106 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada on Thursday at 3:00 a.m. PDT. A COVID-19 death tally maintained by CBC News has recorded 1,274 deaths in Canada, with two other deaths from coronavirus abroad.

Figures are not a complete picture, as they do not take into account people who have not been tested, those who are investigated as a potential case and people who are still waiting for the results of the tests. tests.

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.

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