Provincial COVID-19 update for April 5

Provincial COVID-19 update for April 5

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Government of B.C.)

Sophie Gray

Local Journalism Initiative

In another daily joint statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister for Health Adrian Dix announced just eight new cases of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of cases in the province to 2,232. Interior Health has 177 total cases, with the overwhelming majority of cases province-wide remaining in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authorities.

There were an additional four deaths and one new outbreak in a long term care facility over the last 24 hours.

Dr. Bonnie Henry urged that although it may feel like the province is getting closer to going back to normal, B.C. residents need to hold the line.

“We are, as I mentioned yesterday, very likely at the end of our beginning but there’s a long way to go for all of us” said the provincial health officer. “The orders and restrictions that we have put in place are still in place, so please don’t start planning your play dates and start expanding your bubble too soon.”

Dr. Henry emphasized that we are still experiencing both new and ongoing outbreaks at long term care facilities and need to be aware that there is still a threat to many people in B.C. and around the world.

Seventeen of the outbreaks in long term care facilities in the province have been declared over, including two in the Interior Health region. This brings the total number of active outbreaks to 22.

B.C. has 1,472 people declared fully recovered from COVID-19, with 442 active cases at this time.

The premier will be joining Dr. Henry and Minister Dix during tomorrow’s statement to present the provincial plan for beginning to reopen the B.C. economy.

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