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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Joint Information Centre
Emergency Management BC
Ministry of Health
B.C. COVID-19 response update

VICTORIA – The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.


  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,618
  • New cases since April 16, 2020: 43
  • Hospitalized cases: 119
  • Intensive care: 52
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 78
  • Recovered: 966
  • Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 20
  • Acute-care unit outbreaks: 1

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 680
  • Fraser Health: 661
  • Island Health: 94
  • Interior Health: 150
  • Northern Health: 33

New provincial advice and measures:

New federal measures:

Media availability schedule:

Upcoming scheduled media availability with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer:
Saturday, April 18 – noon, Victoria



  • 59,185 individuals have been tested as of April 16, 2020.
  • If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online:
    • If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.

Learn More:

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit:
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For the provincial health officer's orders, notices and guidance, visit:

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit:
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers and businesses, visit:

For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit:

Worker and employer information:

For workers and employers who need help understanding the law and their rights, have workplace heath and safety questions or who need help with claims, call:
Employment Standards Branch: 1 833 236-3700
For health and safety assistance: 1 888 621-7233 (1 888 621-SAFE)
For workers and claims: 1 888 967-5377 (1 888 WORKERS)

For non-medical information relating to COVID-19:
Or call: 1 888 COVID-19
Joint Information Centre
COVID Provincial Co-ordination Plan
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