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100 days of COVID-19 marked in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry today, April 30.
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April 30, 2020 - 3:40 PM

It’s been 100 days since B.C. got its first COVID-19 warning and in the days that followed 111 people have died and 2,112 have been infected.

“In the last 100 days we have all watched as the pandemic spread first in China, and then around the world and affected us here in British Columbia and across Canada,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today, April 30, in the daily COVID-19 briefing.

“Our lives, our businesses our communities have dramatically changed in these last 100 days. And yet one thing really has stayed the same, and that is the unwavering commitment of everybody here in British Columbia to work together and to keep our firewall strong to do everything we can to protect our communities, our seniors and elders in particular.”

Dr. Henry said that while the plans to loosen quarantine measures will start to be known in the days ahead, British Columbians need to continue to be champions of safe physical distancing, of hand-washing, of staying connected at a distance to those who are at high risk, and who may be alone, in our community.

"The more groups and people that we have connections with, the more chances are that we might transmit this virus," Dr. Henry said. "We're not going to have large groups gathering together, we're not going to be having indoor parties in this coming summer."

We can, she said, look at how we can safely have more contact and more people in our lives.

"The challenge is going to be, how do we protect those people that need it most," she said. "So if there's somebody in my family that's going through cancer treatment, for example, I'm not going to expand my circle very much because I will need to protect them. So if I'm going back to work, that I need to be careful about things like going outside and meeting with others even outside."

Safe distance protects us but we need to make sure that we are maintaining that.

Of the 2,112 who have contracted COVID-19 so far, 815 people are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 961 people in the Fraser Health region, 120 people in the Vancouver Island Health region, 170 people in the Interior Health region and 46 people in the Northern Health region.

The number of people who are in hospital continues to fall, and today there are 82 people are in hospital with COVID-19 and of those 30 are now receiving critical care in ICU.

There were two additional deaths related to COVID-19 in B.C., including one senior in our long-term care home and one person who died in hospital in Vancouver coastal health region.


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