What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia on April 24, 2020



  • The daily update for British Columbia will take the form of a press release around 3:00 p.m. PT.
  • To date, the province has confirmed a total of 1,824 cases of COVID-19.
  • 94 people died.
  • Thursday afternoon, 103 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, including 44 in intensive care.
  • 1,092 people have recovered from the disease.
  • An outbreak was detected in a second poultry processing plant.

COVID-19 outbreaks are now occurring at two poultry processing plants in the Greater Vancouver area.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Thursday that two cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed at the Superior Poultry plant in Coquitlam, a sister facility to the United Poultry plant in Vancouver, where 29 cases have been confirmed.

The province has now confirmed a total of 1,824 cases of COVID-19, and 94 people have died from the disease.

These figures include new outbreaks in a long-term care home in Kelowna, as well as in two acute care units at Lions Gate and Ridge Meadows hospitals.

Seventy-eight people tested positive for the virus at Mission Institution, a federal prison.

As of Thursday, there were 103 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, up from a peak of 149 on April 4. Forty-four patients are currently being treated in intensive care.

A total of 1,092 people have recovered from the disease.

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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 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, there were 2,232 COVID-19 deaths in Canada, plus two deaths of Canadians abroad related to COVID-19, according to a CBC News count based on provincial health data and local, as well as on CBC reports.

There have been 42,110 confirmed cases of the disease in Canada.

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, stand two meters 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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