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COVID-19: Fifty-three new cases in B.C.; Northern Health area has 21 overall

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Cases:

* Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,174

* New cases since April 2, 2020: 53

* Hospitalized cases: 146

* Intensive care: 64

* COVID-19 related deaths: 35

* Recovered: 673

Confirmed cases by region:

* Vancouver Coastal Health: 541

* Fraser Health: 412

* Island Health: 74

* Interior Health: 126

* Northern Health: 21

New provincial advice and measures:

* NEW: Province is partnering with the BC Care Providers Association to launch EquipCare BC, helping seniors in long-term care and assisted living homes: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0121-000628

* Office of the Provincial Health Officer COVID-19 Ethical Decision-Making Framework: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/ethics_framework_for_covid_march_28_2020.pdf

* 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: Prime Minister announces support for food banks and local food organizations: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/03/prime-minister-announces-support-food-banks-and-local-food

* For Government of Canada COVID-19 Travel Advice: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Resources:

* For provincial support and COVID-19 information: 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

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

Testing:

* 45,966 individuals tested as of April 2, 2020

* If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
* If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC

For provincial health officer orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.

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

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