COVID-19: Vancouver Convention Centre to be repurposed into emergency hospital

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

We have more people every day who are in hospital and in our intensive care units, so we need to continue to do all we can across government, across our health system and in our community.

His plea comes after hearing stories from constituents and friends working in health care about having to pull late shifts and running out to plug parking metres so they don't face tickets.

Five hundred and seven people have recovered fully from COVID-19.

Of those still affected, Henry said 106 are in hospital with 60 either in intensive or critical care units.

"There are now COVID-19 cases in 13 long-term care and assisted living homes in British Columbia. For people who have not been hospitalized, who have mild disease, we are now considering them recovered when they are symptom-free (for 10 days)", said Henry.

Dr. Bonnie Henry acknowledged the virus crisis has been a particular challenge for northern B.C. and other remote communities across the province, where there are outstanding concerns regarding fly-in resource workers in the northeast, Canadians travelling to their summer homes in the northwest, and access to appropriate testing.

However, Dix has instructed all health authorities to plan for the worst case-scenario, similar to northern Italy's hospitalization rate, in which B.C.'s hospitals would be strained and require hundreds of existing patients being moved to other facilities to make space for coronavirus cases.

The total on Vancouver Island now stands at 67, up seven from Saturday.

"Effective April 1st until further notice", said Health Minister Adrian Dix, in a press conference.

"We are not through the storm yet, we have not yet reached our peak", Henry said.

Henry cautioned that her ban on gatherings of more than 50 people isn't to be taken lightly, noting that number was chosen as one that seemed manageable to ensure social distancing. "Those are the situations that cause this virus to spread", she said.

"I just think it's incredibly disrespectful to charge them", West said.

Henry added it's not known yet if cases will trickle in over the coming weeks or if there will be large increases.

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