BC health officials announce 45 new cases of coronavirus

Mar 18 2020, 3:11 pm

British Columbia has announced 45 new cases of coronavirus in the province.

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, this brings the provincial total to 231.

Henry says that 144 cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 58 are in the Fraser Health region, 16 are in the Vancouver Island region, nine in the Interior, and four are in the Northern Health region. A total of 13 patients are in acute care and seven are in ICU. Additionally, five people have recovered.

No new deaths were reported.

Henry added a new case has occurred at Haro Park, a downtown Vancouver care home.

Today, both the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC declared a state of emergency.

The province also declared a public health emergency yesterday, as cases throughout BC continue to surge.

In total, seven deaths have been announced in BC due to coronavirus.

More to come… 

With coronavirus on the rise, the BC Ministry of Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.