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COVID-19: By the numbers (April 9)

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Cases:

* Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1370

* New cases since April 8, 2020: 34

* Hospitalized cases: 132

* Intensive care: 68

* COVID-19 related deaths: 50

* Recovered: 858

* Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 20

Confirmed cases by region:

* Vancouver Coastal Health: 626

* Fraser Health: 508

* Island Health: 82

* Interior Health: 130

* Northern Health: 24

New provincial advice and measures:

* NEW: Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, has issued the following order:

“Using orders under the Public Health and Emergency Programs Acts, the government has implemented a process to support workers to work at a single facility. This includes development of a new labour agreement that ensures all workers – at health authority, non-profit and private facilities – receive an equitable wage and work-hours scheduling stability so they can work at a single site without resident service disruption.”

* NEW: Teachers find new, fun ways to connect with students during COVID-19 pandemic: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0028-000672

* NEW: Applications open for temporary rental supplement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MAH0050-000669

* NEW: Stay safe by staying home over the long weekend: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0019-000671

* NEW: New virtual mental health supports for COVID-19 on the way: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MMHA0009-000655

* NEW: Carole James, Minister of Finance, has issued statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for March 2020: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020FIN0019-000666

* NEW: Joint statement by the Ministers of Health for British Columbia and Alberta: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0127-000665

* NEW: Expect traffic disruptions on Highway 7 during long weekend: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0055-000658

* NEW: Work has resumed on the Highway 1 Illecillewaet four-laning project with enhanced safety precautions in place for workers to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0054-000654

* NEW: Provincial Health Services Authority release on COVID-19 Testing Guidelines for British Columbia: http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Statistics%20and%20Research/Statistics%20and%20Reports/Epid/Influenza%20and%20Respiratory/ERV/BCCDC_PHL_Updated_nCoV_Lab_Guidance.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: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on the release of national modelling on the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2020/04/statement-from-the-chief-public-health-officer-of-canada-on-the-release-of-national-modelling-on-the-covid-19-epidemic-in-canada.html

* NEW: COVID-19 in Canada: Using data and modelling to inform public health action:
https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/using-data-modelling-inform-eng.pdf

* NEW: Lockdown at Mission Institution, B.C. – Medium Security Unit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/correctional-service/news/2020/04/lockdown-at-mission-institution–medium-security-unit.html

* NEW: CRTC update on its proceedings further to COVID-19 pandemic:
https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2020/04/crtc-update-on-its-proceedings-further-to-covid-19-pandemic.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:

* 52,412 individuals have been tested as of April 8, 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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