Death toll from COVID-19 in B.C

Grant Boone
March 23, 2020

There are 33 people are in hospital, and 14 of those are in intensive care units. Thirty-six residents and 19 health-care workers there have also been infected.

The B.C. government is providing an update on the province's response to COVID-19, addressing the economic fallout of the pandemic as the total number of confirmed cases in the province tops 470.

Bonnie Henry announced three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday, increasing the total in 13.

Six people who were previously infected with the virus have now recovered and the remaining patients are at home in isolation.

"Every day at the briefing, we report on numbers but let's not lose sight of the truth that we're speaking about people", said Dix of the deaths.

One of the deaths is a resident at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, one at another elderly care facility and one in the community in the Fraser Health region.

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Residents are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing and to limit non-essential excursions outside of the house. There are now more than 300,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins.

Henry said a staff member at a sixth facility, Vancouver's German-Canadian Care Home, has also tested positive.

Dix said the province had freed up more than 1,200 acute-care hospital beds since Friday. However, he said essential services need to continue so people can survive, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and some social services.

Bed capacity, which would normally be at about 103 per cent this time of year, was at 63 per cent, he said.

Of the 472 cases, 248 are in Vancouver Coastal Health, 150 are in Fraser Health, 39 are on Vancouver Island, 30 are in Interior Health and five are in Northern Health.

"We know that people in long-term care homes are the most vulnerable for having severe illnesses with COVID-19 so the health authorities, particularly here in the Lower Mainland that are most affected, will be implementing additional measures at long-term care", said Henry.

"These reflect on the monumental changes that we've asked society to do, and it takes a while for those to sink in, and it takes a while for people to really understand that means 'me too'".

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