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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2020HLTH0098-000532
March 20, 2020
Ministry of Health
Emergency Management BC
COVID-19 Joint Information Centre
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 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020.

Cases: 

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 348
  • New cases since March 19, 2020: 77
  • Hospitalized cases: 22
  • Intensive care: 10
  • Deaths: 9
  • Recovered: 6

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 200
  • Fraser Health: 95
  • Island Health: 30
  • Interior Health: 19
  • Northern Health: 4

Testing:

  • 17,912 individuals tested as of March 20, 2020.
  • At least 50,000 Canadians have been tested.
  • Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test.
    • If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms or you are a returning traveller self-isolating at home, you do not require a test.
    • For each of these situations, the public health advice remains the same, regardless of test results: self-isolate for 14 days to monitor for the development of symptoms or until your symptoms are completely gone.
  • Those who have severe illness, require hospitalization, are residents of long-term care facilities or are health-care workers will continue to be tested.
    • Anyone part of an active investigation or outbreak cluster will be tested so they can be appropriately monitored. 
  • If symptoms appear, call your health-care provider or 811 for guidance.

Provincial advice and measures:

Public health emergency

  • Under a provincial health emergency, a provincial health officer among other emergency powers may:
    • do orally what must otherwise be done in writing;
    • serve an order in any manner;
    • act in a shorter or longer time period than is otherwise required; and
    • compel any peace officer to enforce an order.

Travel:

Media availability schedule:

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

Saturday, March 21, 2020 – noon, Vancouver

Resources: 

Learn More:

For non-medical information relating to COVID-19, call: 1 888 COVID-19

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers, businesses, schools and those planning events of less than 50, 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 COVID-19, follow the BCCDC on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/

 
Contact:
 
COVID-19 Joint Information Centre
Media Relations
embc.covid19jic@gov.bc.ca
236 478-1336
 

 
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