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COVID-19: By the numbers; orders; and important links

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Cases:

* Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 970

* New cases since March 28, 2020: 86

* Hospitalized cases: 106

* Intensive care: 60

* COVID-19 related deaths: 19

* Recovered: 469

Confirmed cases by region:

* Vancouver Coastal Health: 472

* Fraser Health: 323

* Island Health: 67

* Interior Health: 94

* Northern Health: 14

New Provincial advice and measures:

* NEW: Effective April 1, 2020, until further notice: In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, pay parking is temporarily suspended for the public, staff and medical staff, at all health authority owned and operated sites.

* NEW: BC Corners Service confirms first COVID-19 death in the community: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0021-000590

* NEW: A ministerial order under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) enables the broader use of communications tools for health-care workers and other public-sector staff who are responding to the COVID-19 state of emergency: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CITZ0005-000588

* NEW: Province is providing a $3-million emergency grant from the Community Gaming Grants program to Food Banks British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0049-000583

* NEW: Guidance to retail food and grocery stores operating during COVID-19: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EMBC0015-000587

* A full list of orders and letters issued by the provincial health officer (PHO) is available here: www.Gov.bc.ca/phoguidance (http://www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance)

* For the latest COVID-19 updates and statements: https://news.gov.bc.ca/Search?q=COVID-19

* Critical care and acute care hospitalization modelling information: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Technical_Briefing_Condensed.pdf

New travel/federal measures:

* NEW: Government of Canada announces new domestic transportation measures: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/03/government-of-canada-announces-new-domestic-transportation-measures.html

* Government of Canada announce support for vulnerable Canadian affected by COVID-19: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/29/prime-minister-announces-support-vulnerable-canadians-affected-covid

Media availability schedule:

Upcoming scheduled media availability with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, PHO, will be held:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Resources:

* For provincial support and COVID-19 information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid

* For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit: http://www.bc211.ca/

* For information for First Nations and Indigenous peoples in B.C., visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/indigenous-people/covid19

* Help flatten the curve by checking symptoms online or downloading the app: https://covid19.thrive.health/

* If you or a family member need additional medical advice, call 811.

Testing:

* 38,697 individuals tested as of March 28, 2020.

* If symptoms appear check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health

* And if needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.

Learn More:

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Or: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews

For up-to-date non-medical information, including the latest travel restrictions and provincial and federal programs, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers and businesses, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza

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