Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 announced in Interior Health region Tuesday

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

"I don't think we need to be this locked down, if you will, for many, many months", she said.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the virus will have to be monitored "until there is a vaccine".

She said once this first wave passes over the next three weeks, health officials have to then look out for the next wave. "Then we need to think about how to (ease restrictions) in a thoughtful way that allows us to get back into some of the critical things we need in our lives".

"I haven't given up entirely the hope that we might get a reprieve during the summer, as we do with influenza and some of the other respiratory viruses, although how much of a reprieve has yet to be seen", Henry said during her daily update today, March 31.

Dr. Henry had already issued an order restricting workers at long-term care homes to one facility only, with many dietary and care aides previously having to cobble together a living by working at multiple sites. Dr. Henry noted there was little change in the number of people in the ICU.

There are now 107 positive cases in the Interior Health region.

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Five additional people passed away because of COVID-19 for a provincial total of 24.

Dix said 61% of acute care and 54% of critical care beds in B.C. are filled at the moment, which he credited to delaying elective surgeries and the measures to prevent the virus' spread now in place. "While the surgeries have been cancelled for the moment, they have not been forgotten".

Henry said the farmworkers affected by the West Kelowna outbreak entered B.C. through the province's temporary foreign workers program before restrictions were brought in.

She said they were tested over the weekend, but hadn't previously been moving around the community as they'd come in from overseas.

"We'll be monitoring that very carefully".

Henry also reinforced the importance of social distancing while still remaining relationships via technology. Ontario reported 260 new cases to bring their total to 2,000.

Henry said the workers are in isolation in housing at the nursery and the business is closed to customers.

"It's not a non-disclosure policy in any way".

Paid parking will be suspended at all health authority-owned and operated facilities such as RIH, effective April 1, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 - enabling people to avoid screens, surfaces and buttons that may have been touched by someone with the virus. "We don't have the ability to know everybody in our environment who has this disease".

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