Updated: 63 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in BC.
Over the weekend in a 48-hour span, there were 26 on Sunday and 37 more on Monday bringing the total number of people now having tested positive in the province to 1,266.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said we are in the middle of our critical weeks for COVID-19 and we must be steadfast in our commitment to holding the line.
“We continue to see clusters and outbreaks in our communities and at facilities, and these hot spots are very concerning,” she said. “They can quickly escalate and challenge our response, our ability to keep things under control. Our percentage of new cases as you can see have been slowing, it’s been vending, and that’s really important and it’s testament to the efforts everybody here in British Columbia has been making over these past few weeks but we must keep that firewall strong.”
Minister of Health Adrian Dix said since March 27 they have received a significant amount of surgical masks, N95 masks, respirators, and ventilators.
“Since my last update on Friday, we’ve received a small supply from the Federal Government,” he said. “We’ve also received a significant number of surgical masks and N-95 Respirators that are undergoing assessment. We need to make sure that they are safe and effective before putting them into circulation with Healthcare workers.”
In respect to ventilators Dix said as of March 27 the province had 457 adult and critical care ventilators in its inventory of which 348 were already available in their large COVID-19 sites.
“I am happy to say that just over a week later, with all the additions we’ve had we now have 620 adult capable and critical care ventilators already distributed throughout our large hospitals,” he said. “We also have 33 our newly purchased critical ventilators ready to go plus 55 new ventilators that just arrived today that we’re in the process of reviewing and testing for usability”.
783 people in B.C. have fully recovered from COVID-19.
Of the province’s positive test cases, 128 people in the Interior Health region and 23 in Northern Health have been confirmed as of April 6.
(Note: this article incorrectly reported the two new cases being in the Interior Health region. This article has also been updated for clarity.)