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Number of people in hospital with COVID-19 in B.C. drops below 100

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April 24, 2020 - 5:07 PM

The number of B.C. residents in hospital being treated for COVID-19 has dropped below 100 for the first time during the pandemic.

There are 98 people in hospital with COVID-19, according to a Ministry of Health news release. That's down from 103 yesterday, April 23, and well below the peak of 146. Of those in hospital today, 41 are in intensive care.

Another 29 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in B.C. in the last 24 hours.

That’s on par with the daily number of new cases for most of the past week that saw less than 30 new cases per day, except for one 71-case spike on Wednesday. It brings the total cases in B.C. to 1,853.

There were four new deaths reported today, all in the Lower Mainland, bringing the provincial total to 98.

There were two new cases in the Interior Health region, bringing the total to 158.

There were no new cases in long-term care homes overnight and 10 homes had outbreaks declared over. There are still 20 long-term care homes and acute care hospitals with outbreaks, along with two poultry processing plants and a prison in the Lower Mainland.

"Maintaining a safe physical distance, washing hands frequently and staying home when ill continue to be the best things we can do to protect our communities and continue to bend the curve,” the news release states.

“While our weekends are a time to unwind and relax, the exception is with these important health measures. As you get outside and safely spend time with loved ones, let's continue to stay strong and show care and compassion to those around us, by ensuring we do not undo all of our hard work and sacrifice," the release said.


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