BC reports 40 new COVID-19 cases, five new deaths

BC reports 40 new COVID-19 cases, five new deaths

BC reports 40 new COVID-19 cases, five new deaths

An additional three people have died from the virus, bringing the total in B.C.to 58.

"To date, 879 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation", they said in the statement.

Two new sites are up and running in the event of a surge in cases.

In the leadup to the Easter long weekend, health officials have been imploring British Columbians to stay home.

The provincial health officer noted that the capacity on BC Ferries has been severely limited by federal regulations and by the ferry service's self-imposed service reductions.

Henry said she did speak with BC Ferries to get a sense of the reports.

"For weeks Dr. Henry has said don't travel if it's not essential". "Stay home. Stay close to home".

She replied that people are travelling for many reasons, including to check up on family members during the crisis.

Henry said there were no new outbreaks at long-term care homes, albeit there are 246 cases at 20 affected long-term care and assisted-living facilities.

In hospitals across the province, there are now 134 people with COVID-19 and 63 of them are in critical care units.

Henry said health care facilities in B.C. are reasonably well-stocked with personal protection equipment and other medical supplies needed in the fight against COVID-19 but the province is not yet able to send supplies to other provinces such as Ontario or Quebec, as Alberta has done.

There have been no new cases identified at long-term care facilities in the last day, according to the province.

The physical distancing measures in place throughout the province are important and must continue to be followed in order for B.C.to continue managing the pandemic, she said.

The lowest daily increase in cases this week was 25 on Tuesday. Those two regions are responsible for all of Metro Vancouver, as well as surrounding communities in the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

Broken down by region, there are 642 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region, 558 in the Fraser Health region, 84 in the Island Health region, 135 in Interior Health and 26 in the Northern Health region.

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