COVID-19 STAFF BULLETIN - March 25, 2020
“Physical distance doesn’t mean social distance. We all need to check in regularly on older parents, neighbours, friends or relatives who live alone or in care homes in whatever way is possible, so they know how much they are loved and valued. All of these things are important at any time, but they are even more important during a crisis.”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, March 25 media briefing
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
|BC||Total||63||1,266 (783 recovered)|
There are 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. This brings the total number to 659.
By health authority: 339 in VCH, 218 in FH, 47 in Island Health, 46 in Interior Health, nine in Northern Health.
There is one additional death, connected to the Lynn Valley Care Centre cluster. Total of 14 deaths in B.C.
A new long-term care facility, Broadway Pentecostal Lodge, is now impacted with one staff testing positive.
The Haro Park Care Centre outbreak now has 28 residents and 27 staff affected.
There are 64 people currently in hospital, with 26 of them in the ICU.
183 people are now fully recovered, 27.7 per cent of the total cases in B.C.
Latest joint statement is here.
Public Health has been actively monitoring PPE supplies. In the past week, there has been a dramatic increase in use as the number of cases increase. The province is now actively working with alternative suppliers.
Epidemiological graphs and modelling on B.C.’s trajectory will be shared on Friday.
The BC government introduced a relief package for renters: up to $500 per month for the next four months to help address any rental shortfall. COVID-19 provincial support information available here.
All travellers returning to Canada must now go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days, with the exception of essential workers. This order will be enforced through the Quarantine Act and goes into effect at midnight tonight.
Ottawa passed legislation on COVID-19 emergency relief measures. The Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) provides $2000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID-19. Full details available here.
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