Every health region in BC has COVID-19 patients

Every health region in BC has COVID-19 patients

Dr. Henry added in the coming week to two weeks the province will start to see impacts from the implementations that have been put in place.

The models are conservative, provincial officials said. "Now, more than ever, we need you to keep this up", she said.

To date, 17 people have died from the coronavirus in B.C.

The province is using the computer modelling projections to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

Eighty-one people are in hospital and of those 52 patients are in intensive care. The trajectory of new cases in B.C. changed from a 24 per cent average daily increase to 12 per cent as of March 21.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 444 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 291 are in the Fraser Health region, 60 are in the Island Health region, 77 are in the Interior Health region and 12 are in the Northern Heath region".

As of March 28, Health Minister Adrian Dix said 4,295 hospital beds across B.C. are vacant.

Dix said that their efforts are incredibly appreciated and it demonstrates the extraordinary commitment of all healthcare workers to care for the people of BC.

It would also mean opening additional sites so non-critical patients without COVID-19 could be moved to create additional capacity for those with the virus.

The province is getting new ventilators and making repairs to others to provide another 70 ventilators.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced hundreds of thousands of British Columbians to spend more time at home, that isolation has prompted many to head for mountains and trails instead of shuttered swimming pools and community centres for recreation and exercise. Of those, six are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and six are in the Fraser Health region.

Health authorities have been asked to make staffing schedules for the next six weeks based on the projected needs. By then, health officials should know if the virus has been checked.

Data suggests travel restrictions and physical distancing are beginning to have an impact.

The method has also been validated around the world, such as in Germany, Henry added.

Henry said they continue to test thousands of people with symptoms but there are no plans yet to conduct widespread testing of asymptomatic people.

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