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UPDATE: ‘Now more than ever, we need you to keep this up:’ B.C. health officer reports 7 new Interior Heath COVID-19 cases

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking at a press conference March 18.
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March 28, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Interior Health has seven new COVID-19 cases, says provincial health officer Bonnie Henry.

Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Henry gave an update on the data March 28 during a media conference.

Henry said there are 884 confirmed cases in B.C. with 77 cases in the Interior Health Region. There are 92 new cases in B.C., the majority of which are in the Vancouver Health region.

Twelve long-term care homes in the province have had at least resident or worker test positive for the virus, Henry said, with six in the Vancouver Coast Health region and six in the Fraser Health region.

There are 81 people that are hospitalized in the province, she said, with 52 people in the ICU and one additional death has been reported, bringing the total to 17.

READ MORE: How to protect yourself and others from infection as COVID-19 cases increase

In good news, 45 per cent of cases, 396 people, have recovered, Henry said.

"I get a lot of people saying we should have a lockdown as they are doing in some other places and we have talked a number of times about how we're doing things in British Columbia and really (we've implemented orders that are similar) to what others are calling a lockdown," she said, adding that while the province has closed in-classroom schooling, daycares remain open to be able to support essential workers. 

She commended the efforts that communities have done in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We’ve seen from communities extra ordinary good will and compassion and care, and that is what will get us through these next few weeks" she said. 

Henry urged the public to continue practicing social distancing.

"We must stay apart. We must stay home. We must be united in this in order to flatten this curve for good," she said.



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