What you need to know about COVID-19 in British Columbia on April 4, 2020



  • The provincial health worker, Dr. Bonnie Henry, will give her daily presentation at 12:00 noon. PT.
  • A total of 1174 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia.
  • To date, 673 people have recovered from their illness.
  • The number of hospitalizations fell to 146 patients.
  • The death toll from the virus is 35.

Although the number of deaths from COVID-19 continues to increase in British Columbia, there are signs that the curve is flattening in British Columbia.

On Friday, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that the number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus had actually dropped from three to 146. During the same period, four COVID-19 patients died, bringing the province’s total to 35 so far.

In total, the province has confirmed 1,174 cases of illness, including 673 patients who have recovered.

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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. Friday, Canada recorded 12,549 confirmed and suspected cases, with 219 deaths. The provinces and territories that report information on recovered cases reported 2,322 resolved or recovered cases. Two deaths of Canadians abroad related to COVID-19 have also been reported – one in Japan and one in Brazil.

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 to hear the results of their test.

To see what’s going on across the country, 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. Do not visit an emergency room or emergency care center for testing.

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.
  • Keep up to date with travel advisories in different regions.

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

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