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COVID-19: Numbers and new orders

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m on March 17, 2020. These updates will be issued daily for the remainder of the week.


  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 186
  • New cases since March 16, 2020: 83
  • Hospitalized cases: 7
  • Deaths: 7
  • Recovered: 5

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 116
  • Fraser Health: 47
  • Island Health: 12
  • Interior Health: 7
  • Northern Health: 4


  • Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test.
    If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or you are a returning traveller self-isolating at home, you do not require a test.
  • For each of these situations, the public health advice remains the same, regardless of test results: self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for the development of symptoms or until your symptoms are completely gone.
  • Those who have severe illness, require hospitalization, are residents of long-term care facilities or are health-care workers will continue to be tested.
    Anyone part of an active investigation or outbreak cluster will be tested so they can be appropriately monitored.
  • If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider or 811 for guidance.

Provincial advice and measures:

Public health emergency:

Under a provincial health emergency, a provincial health officer, among other emergency powers, may:

  • do orally what must otherwise be done in writing;
  • serve an order in any manner;
  • act in a shorter or longer time period than is otherwise required; and
  • compel any peace officer to enforce an order


On March 16, 2020, the federal government announced new measures related to travel, including:

  • banning entry of foreign nationals by air travel from all countries except the U.S.
  • consolidating international inbound flights to four major hubs only, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • preventing symptomatic passengers from boarding a plane to Canada
  • strengthening in-flight medical procedures and medical screening immediately upon landing, with enhanced cleaning and disinfection at airports
  • support for impacted Canadians abroad
  • 14-day self-isolation for all arrivals except for essential work
  • Cruise ship season is delayed until July 1, 2020 (vessels with more than 500 people).

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