48 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in BC, 3 new deaths

Grant Boone
March 24, 2020

The health authority had been planning to move residents from Oak Bay Lodge and the Mount Tolmie long-term care home into The Summit at Quadra Village toward the end of April. "We need to protect our communities and our families". Henry said that, while some were caught in gatherings, most people were complying.

"The world did change", the provincial health officer said, speaking to reporters about the three additional dealths from coronavirus that have occured in B.C. since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The health authority said its hospitals are now at about 75 per cent capacity across Vancouver Island.

"So stimulus is something that we need to be looking at in a month's time", said Premier John Horgan.

The facility at 955 Hillside Ave. was built to serve seniors with dementia or complex care needs.

The numbers came in a scheduled daily briefing with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

He said hospital bed capacity in B.C. regularly measures just above 100 per cent, but in the past week the capacity dropped to 68.6 per cent, with 3,632 available beds.

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"It means that hospitals - and I talked to people both in a hospital and working this weekend - feel empty", Dix said.

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 in the province is now 472, while 13 people have died.

There are now 30 cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region, 248 cases in the Vancuover Coastal Health region, 150 in Fraser Health, 39 on Vancouver Island and five in the Northern Health region.

Visits to patients at one of Vancouver Coastal Health's clinics, hospitals, community health centres, community or long-term care centres or assisted living facilities will only be allowed if they are deemed "essential", due to the ongoing COVID-19 THREAT.

As well, Henry said a total of 33 people remain hospitalized and 14 of those are in intensive-care units. There are now confirmed cases at six long-term-care facilities on the Lower Mainland.

In response to questions from Liberal Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong on the projected spread of the virus, Dix said computer modelling is being done to answer those types of questions that will be shared with the Opposition and the public.

She said people "can't let up" on social distancing, calling it the best way we have to "flatten the curve" of infection.

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