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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2020EMBC0014-000586
March 28, 2020
COVID-19 Joint Information Centre
Emergency Management BC
Ministry of Health
COVID-19 response update

VICTORIA ā€“ The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of noon on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 884
  • New cases since March 27, 2020: 92
  • Hospitalized cases: 81
  • Intensive care: 52
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 17
  • Recovered: 396

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 444
  • Fraser Health: 291
  • Island Health: 60
  • Interior Health: 77
  • Northern Health: 12

New provincial advice and measures:

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has made an order on farmers markets. All episodic vending markets (also known as “farmers’ markets” or “community markets”) must only allow vendors to serve food to be sold at these events. Vendors of all other merchandise are prohibited at these events.
  • Critical care and acute care hospitalization modelling information from Henry and deputy health minister, Stephen Brown: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Technical_Briefing_Condensed.pdf

New travel/federal measures:

Media availability schedule:

Upcoming scheduled media availability with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Henry will be held:

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 1:30 p.m., Victoria

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 3 p.m., Victoria

Resources:

Testing:

  • 34,561 individuals tested, as of March 25, 2020.
  • Testing capacity in British Columbia has increased to approximately 3,500 tests per day.
  • Across Canada, there are more than 10,000 tests per day.
  • If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider, call 811 for guidance or check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health

Learn More:

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Or: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews

For up-to-date non-medical information, including the latest travel restrictions and provincial and federal programs, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers and businesses, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza

For more information and latest updates on the #COVID19 pandemic, follow the BCCDC on Twitter: @CDCofBC or visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/

 
Contacts:
 
For non-medical information relating to COVID-19:
Visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19
Email: servicebc@gov.bc.ca
Or call: 1 888 COVID-19
 
COVID-19 Joint Information Centre
COVID Provincial Co-ordination Plan
embc.covidjic@gov.bc.ca
236 478-1336
 
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect