B.C. health officials set to release new COVID-19 modelling data Friday

B.C. health officials set to release new COVID-19 modelling data Friday

The future landscape of COVID-19 in British Columbia could become a little clearer Friday as health officials are set to release new modelling data on COVID-19.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix will be releasing the latest projections on the future impact of the novel coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead.

The modelling announcement is scheduled for 11 am PT on Friday, April 17. A live stream will be available on CHEK’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

During last month’s projections, Dr. Henry said she was “cautiously optimistic” that the social distancing measures being practiced in BC could possibly be flattening the curve. Minister Dix also suggested that BC hospitals were ready to handle a ‘worst-case scenario,’ if the virus were to reach outbreak levels similar to Italy.

In recent days, both Dr. Henry and Minister Dix have commended British Columbians for their responsible behaviour and ‘sacrifices’ during the pandemic.

Yesterday, health officials in BC opted for a press release over a news conference, reporting three additional deaths along with 14 new confirmed cases of the disease for a total of 1,575.

120 people are currently in hospital after contracting the virus, including 56 in intensive care.

This story will be updated following the 11 am announcement.


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