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COVID-19 case Update for April 7…

Click here to view today’s statistical information from the BCCDC. By clicking the link, it’ll download a file directly from the BCCDC to your device. The information presented represents the current COVID situation in B.C. Below is the key message from today’s report.

Key messages • Total confirmed COVID cases (deaths) in BC = 1,291 (43). • Current number of affected facilities in BC = 21 (10 VCH; 11 FHA). • Number of new cases reported has decreased since March 30 and number of tests conducted has decreased since March 28 with the proportion positive showing a recent increase. This may be affected by the testing guidelines implemented on March 16 and the targeting of higher risk groups. • Proportions of cases hospitalized and fatal have remained stable. • Proportion of recovered cases is stable. • Deaths, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions are more common among older age groups.

“We are announcing 25 new cases, for a total of 1,291 cases in British Columbia.

“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 603 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 458 are in the Fraser Health region, 79 are in the Island Health region, 128 are in the Interior Health region and 23 are in the Northern Health region.

“We are saddened to report a further four COVID-19 related deaths in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions for a total of 43 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

“There have been no new long-term care facility outbreaks in the last day. Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health teams continue to provide support to the affected long-term care and assisted-living facilities, which have a combined 213 cases of COVID-19.

“To date, 805 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 138 individuals are hospitalized, and 66 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Starting tomorrow and over the coming days, British Columbians of many faiths, along with millions around the world, will be celebrating major religious holidays in ways that many have never experienced before.

“B.C.’s faith leaders have taken the challenge of maintaining physical distance to heart and are using these holidays as an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to showing kindness and care for our communities.

“We call on faith leaders, followers and congregations to pay special attention to our Elders and seniors to ensure we protect them by connecting safely from a distance.

“We know many people must manage chronic diseases and other health issues. We encourage people to continue to connect with their primary care provider or family physician for ongoing care. Phone and virtual resources are available for everyone.

“This long weekend, we need to stay home, to stay in our communities and to stay at a safe physical distance from others when outside. Avoiding unnecessary travel, particularly to smaller communities, where they may be unable to support you if you get sick and where they have fewer resources, is an important way we can protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“Let’s continue to stand united, to stay strong and do all we can to flatten the curve.”

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