Four new cases of COVID-19 in Northern Health

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 659 to date.

As of Wednesday, 64 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, including 26 in intensive care.

A total of 339 confirmed cases in B.C. are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 218 are located in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 46 in the Interior Health region and nine in the Northern Health region. A total of 183 have recovered so far.

In terms of the other care homes that have been dealing with outbreaks, Henry said there are no new cases at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, but it is where the most recent death has occurred. Everyone who has died was over 70.

"We're still in the waiting and watching phase", Henry said, though she said she remained hopeful that the serious social distancing measures, restrictions on public gatherings and businesses would have an impact.

She said she was heartened by the slow growth in hospitalized cases.

Earlier Wednesday, the federal government announced new details around its COVID-19 financial aid package, including tax deferrals for business and a new $2,000 monthly benefit for people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic. In the province, 59 people are in hospital with 23 of them being in ICU.

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