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COVID-19: By the numbers (April 7); new orders; and useful information

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Cases:

* Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,291

* New cases since April 6, 2020: 25

* Hospitalized cases: 138

* Intensive care: 66

* COVID-19 related deaths: 43

* Recovered: 805

* Long-term care and assisted living homes currently affected: 21

Confirmed cases by region:

* Vancouver Coastal Health: 603

* Fraser Health: 458

* Island Health: 79

* Interior Health: 128

* Northern Health: 23

New provincial advice and measures:

* NEW: To support vulnerable British Columbians who need a place to self-isolate and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Province is partnering with local governments, non-profits and the hotel industry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0019-000644

* NEW: Recommendations for all farms to meet orders, notices and guidance issued by the provincial health officer and additional mandatory requirements for farms employing temporary foreign workers and domestic workers: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-farms-farm-workers.pdf

* 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 Justin Trudeau announces production of more medical supplies and equipment in Canada: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/07/prime-minister-announces-production-more-medical-supplies-and

* NEW: Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health Communication: Use of Non-Medical Masks (or Facial Coverings) by the Public: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2020/04/ccmoh-communication-use-of-non-medical-masks-or-facial-coverings-by-the-public.html

* NEW: Government of Canada is investing $3 million in several organizations through the Digital Citizen Initiative’s Digital Citizen Contribution Program. Funding will help combat false and misleading COVID-19 information, as well as the racism and stigmatization that are often the result: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/news/2020/04/supporting-canadians-to-think-critically-about-online-health-information.html

* 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 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:

* 50,350 individuals have been tested as of April 6, 2020

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

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