VANCOUVER (NEWS 1139) – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Wednesday, but no more deaths.
The new cases bring the recorded total of coronavirus cases in the province to 231.
The death total in B.C. remains at seven, while the total in Canada is nine.
“These are extraordinary times,” Henry said, the same day B.C. declared a state of emergency.
Henry said with that declaration, it is crucial for all to keep a safe distance from one another in stores or on transit. However, she is still not recommending a closure of daycares.
The province suspended operation of all K-12 schools in B.C. until further notice the previous day.
Henry said many parents have already pulled their kids out of daycares, so there’s more space at centres across B.C.
She also said, regarding cancer and other patients needing volunteers to take them to treatment, that extraordinary measures are in place to help them and others needing urgent care. The province will be asking healthy people to volunteer in that capacity.
Health Min @adriandix estimates 17,000 people have been tested so far.
There will be exact numbers updated on Friday
Mar 6 was 2000 last friday was 6225
Testing is strategic but more and more is being done.#bcpoli #covid19
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) March 18, 2020
Henry said further there is an urgent need for blood donations in B.C. and asked people to give if they can.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said the new B.C. Centre of Disease Control self-assessment tool had 77,4618 total users Tuesday and nearly a million so far Wednesday.
He also said the the HealthLink 811 phone line assessment tool is answering between 3,000-4,000 calls a day.