Three more COVID-19 deaths province-wide, NH cases up to 34

Three more COVID-19 deaths province-wide, NH cases up to 34

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Representatives of the B.C. Teachers' Federation were unavailable for comment on Friday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry delivered an update of COVID-19 modelling data on Friday, April 17 prior to her daily update. "We do not have enough herd immunity, or community immunity to protect everybody and allow that type of event to happen". "The sooner we can get back to, not normal conditions, but a better place where the economy is 75- or 80-per-cent open for business instead of 30 or 40 per cent, it would make a big difference".

"We can think about how we can celebrate important milestones, important things in our lives, that allows us to have a safe distance and we should start planning that now".

Henry said that large events, like the PNE Fair, will not be happening this summer.

Lead image: While most people are trying to do what the provincial health officer asks by practising social distancing, four young men from Alberta today (April 18) found time to gather outside their truck for a smoke and some laughs in the Cranbrook Save-On-Foods mall parking lot before walking together into the grocery store.

British Columbia is seeing success flattening the curve in the fight against COVID-19, but the province is not yet ready to ease up restrictions according to the provincial health authority. That brings to 34 the total number of cases in Northern Health.

It also shows that B.C. now has 681 critical care ventilators (from 487 in March, ) which surpass the numbers required for the Italian model, or worst case scenario.

In total, 20 long-term care and assisted-living facilities, and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks. Now, the institute has 70 people who have tested positive, up from 63 cases Friday, and there has been one death related to the outbreak. "People can be exposed and not be sick themselves for up to 14 days, so we have to think in two-week increments".

"Those are not going to happen this year, anywhere in the world".

The restrictions will be lifted gradually, with health officials monitoring everything in those two week increments. This is why we will be watching the curve closely over the coming week to see what the impacts of the recent holiday weekend may be.

Four facilities where outbreaks had previously been declared have announced new cases. "Tragically, we see that in the fact that people are still dying from this virus here in B.C". That means there are now 26 care or assisted-living facilities in B.C. dealing with outbreaks.

"Those family celebrations when we spend time together - weddings and parties - where we share food, where we hug and we care for each other in a very close way, unfortunately, right now, those are the things that are risky", she said.

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