British Columbia’s senior health officials give a last-minute briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday alongside the chief medical officer of a region that has seen an alarming increase in cases.
Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix will be joined by Dr Jong Kim from the Northern Health Authority. They should all talk about the COVID-19 situation in the north of the province.
CTVNewsVancouver.ca broadcasts press conference LIVE at 3:15 p.m.
Typically, health officials have only held COVID-19 briefings on Tuesdays in recent months and Thursday’s update was publicly announced just hours before the scheduled start.
On a per capita basis, Northern Health continues to have the highest infection rate in the province by far. As a result, regional health measures are already in place, but more may be needed, Henry hinted at a press conference on Tuesday.
“COVID-19 is spreading at an above average rate, people are falling seriously ill, even young people – mostly unvaccinated young people – and hospitals are being pushed to their limits in the north,” she said .
Infection rates have been so high at Northern Health that local hospitals have been overwhelmed. So far, 55 patients have been transferred to hospitals in other health authorities, Dix said at Tuesday’s press conference.
Ten said 43 of the 55 are COVID-19 patients, and 42 of them are not fully vaccinated.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Tessa Vikander