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DISPATCHES FROM B.C.'S FRONT LINES: SEVEN WEEKS OF COVID-19 AS SEEN BY SIX HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Photo by Jesse Winter/The Globe and Mail

COVID-19 became real to many British Columbians on March 12, just before the start of the spring break. That’s when B.C.’s medical officer of health warned against all non-essential travel outside of Canada and ordered large gatherings to be cancelled.

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​Registered nurse Liana Perruzza attends to a patient in a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)

ER visits to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver drop 40 per cent during pandemic (Glacier Media)

Dr. Daniel Kalla says hospital ‘very safe,’ urges people with medical conditions to attend

Mike Howell / Glacier Media (Community papers across the Province

APRIL 21, 2020 01:29 PM

Patient visits to the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital are down 40 per cent since early March and the head of the department is worried people who need medical care are staying away for fear of contracting COVID-19.

Some people avoiding hospital despite real health issues: MD (Vancouver Sun)

Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Page A03
By Randy Shore

Visits to the region's emergency rooms are down so dramatically that doctors fear people with serious health conditions are afraid to seek help.

Patient volume at St. Paul's Hospital's emergency department is down 40 per cent since provincial stay-at-home orders were issued, while east Vancouver's Mount Saint Joseph's ER is seeing only 50 per cent of its normal number of patients, said Dr. Dan Kalla, head of the ERs at both hospitals.

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