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BREAKING: B.C. has not yet reached the peak, as COVID-19 cases climb: provincial health officer

Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference on Monday, March 30, 2020.
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March 30, 2020 - 2:35 PM

"We are not through the storm yet, we have not yet reached the peak."

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the statement today, March 30, while announcing that the province had recorded another 86 COVID-19 cases and two more fatalities in the last 48 hours.

Dr. Henry also announced the first case of a person dying at home from a COVID-19 related illness. So far 19 people across the province have died from COVID-19.

"This is a critical time for us, where we will see (if) our hospitals continue in trickles or we're going to see dramatic increases," she said. "It's very hard to know right now."

There are currently 970 COVID-19 cases in B.C, with roughly 800 of the cases in the Lower Mainland and 94 within Interior Health's region.

She said there are currently 106 people in hospital, with 60 of those in intensive care. Six of the people hospitalized within Interior Health's region are currently in intensive care.

Dr. Henry again reiterated the importance of social distancing saying the 50 people gathering limit did not mean it was OK to have a party with 49 people.

"We need to understand this is now being transmitted in our communities across the province, that is why it is so important for all of us to do our part," she said.

Henry said 469 people had fully recovered from COVID-19 which was 48 per cent of cases. The doctor said 70 of these cases were people who had been hospitalized, and some of these people had been in intensive care.

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced parking charges for health care workers had been axed at hospitals and health care centres around the province. The minister also announced B.C. had received an order of one million masks.

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