B.C. COVID-19 response update March 23, 2020

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The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 472
  • New cases since March 21, 2020: 48
  • Hospitalized cases: 33
  • Intensive care: 14
  • Deaths: 13
  • Recovered: 100

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 248
  • Fraser Health: 150
  • Island Health: 39
  • Interior Health: 30
  • Northern Health: 5

Testing:

  • NEW: Testing capacity has increased to approximately 3,000 tests per day.
  • 17,912 individuals tested as of March 20, 2020.
  • Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test.
    • If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or you are a returning traveller self-isolating at home, you do not require a test.
    • For each of these situations, the public health advice remains the same, regardless of test results: self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for the development of symptoms or until your symptoms are completely gone.
  • Those who have severe illness, require hospitalization, are residents of long-term care facilities or are health-care workers will continue to be tested.
    • Anyone part of an active investigation or outbreak cluster will be tested so they can be appropriately monitored.
  • If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider, call 811 for guidance or check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health

Provincial advice and measures:

Media availability schedule:

Upcoming scheduled media availabilities with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Henry will be held:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Saturday, March 28, 2020 – noon, TBA

Public health emergency:

  • Under a provincial health emergency, a provincial health officer, among other emergency powers, may:
    • do orally what must otherwise be done in writing;
    • serve an order in any manner;
    • act in a shorter or longer time period than is otherwise required; and
    • compel any peace officer to enforce an order.

Travel/federal measures:

Resources:

Learn More:

For up-to-date non-medical information, including the latest travel restrictions and provincial and federal programs, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers, businesses, schools and those planning events of less than 50, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza

For more information and latest updates on the #COVID19 pandemic, follow the BCCDC on Twitter at @CDCofBC or visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/