By Lyonel Doherty
There are now 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health (IH) region, bringing the total in B.C. to 617.
In a news conference today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 59 people have been hospitalized with 23 in intensive care.
Henry said no additional deaths have been reported, adding the total remains at 13.
She noted the good news is a total of 173 people have fully recovered, representing 28 per cent of total cases.
“That shows us that most people can be managed at home and are recovering.”
The other good news she delivered is they are learning from around the world that once you recover from the virus, you have some immunity to it for weeks and months.
Henry said most of the deaths in B.C. are related to the Lynn Valley care home outbreak in North Vancouver, where 10 residents have died.
The doctor mentioned media reports about the dental conference where one dentist (with the virus) attended. He has since passed away.
Henry said this conference was a major source of infection and noted that all attendees were notified and advised to self-isolate.
She pointed out the government’s testing and tracing strategy continues, adding that nearly 30,000 tests have been conducted.
“We will get through this. None of us needs to get this virus (which is why social distancing is so important).”
Henry said the majority of cases are in the Lower Mainland, stating the virus can spread easily via a minimum of symptoms. And the only way to “break the chain” of transmission is to ensure people don’t get close enough to spread it.
She stressed again that physical distancing is incredibly important, but she also noted that virtual socializing is also important to maintain those connections with people.