B.C. health officials report no new deaths from COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health

B.C. health officials report no new deaths from COVID-19, no new cases in Island Health
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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

B.C. health officials are reporting no new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours but 43 new cases in the province have been confirmed.

The provincial total is now at 1,618 and 78 people have died. There are 94 cases in Island Health (no change from April 16) 680 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 661 in Fraser Health, 150 in Interior Health and 33 in Northern Health. Nine hundred and sixty-six people in the province have recovered.

“Recovery criteria for the Vancouver Health Authority have been updated to more accurately reflect recovery. New methods include consideration for specific patient symptomology. This has resulted in the decrease in patients considered recovered,” Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health, said in a statement.

As of Friday afternoon, 119 people were in hospital with COVID-19, including 52 in intensive care.

The latest COVID-19 numbers were released in a statement Friday afternoon. Dix and Henry presented COVID-19 projections earlier in the day. 

Henry suggested the province could start easing some restrictions in May, such as the cancellation of elective surgeries, but only if new cases keep falling. She also said some significant restrictions will remain in place for some time, likely until a vaccine has been developed. 

“The modelling we released today clearly shows the resiliency and 100% commitment of everyone in B.C. is having a positive impact. We are bending the curve,” Henry and Dix said.

People in B.C. have listened and done the right thing. We are grateful for what everyone has done. We are in the eye of the storm in a Category 5 hurricane. The risk is still very high and there are many unknowns, but we are hopeful that with all of us standing strong, the storm will continue to lessen. What happens next is directly tied to your continued efforts. We still have new cases, new outbreaks and tragically, new deaths. We cannot afford a resurgence that will undo all of the effort and sacrifices we have made so far.”

According to Henry and Dix, there have been no new outbreaks declared in the last day.

“In total, 20 long-term care and assisted-living facilities, and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks. Outbreaks have been declared over at five facilities, and in review, one facility had been included in error. We have confirmed that the outbreak at Broadway Pentecostal Lodge was an influenza outbreak and not COVID-19. The lodge has been removed from the list,” Friday’s statement said.”

“There are now 63 cases of COVID-19 associated with the Mission Institution federal correctional centre, six of whom are in hospital. Fraser Health officials continue to work with Correction Services Canada to manage this outbreak.”

To see the latest BC COVID-19 data, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control dashboard. 

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Unversity say there are over 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 153,000 deaths. 


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