BC announces 1 new death, 92 cases due to coronavirus

Mar 28 2020, 12:19 pm

BC health officials announced on Saturday that 92 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered, bringing the province’s total number of known cases to 884.

Unfortunately, an additional death attributed to the illness has also been recorded.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix addressed the media on Saturday, stating every health region in the province had patients with coronavirus:

  • 444 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region
  • 291 are in the Fraser Health region
  • 60 are in the Island Health region
  • 77 are in the Interior Health region
  • 12 are in the Northern Health region

Of the 884 coronavirus cases, 81 are currently in hospital, and the remainder are recovering at home in isolation.

Of those in hospital, 52 are currently in intensive care.

Henry also announced that one new care home was affected by the outbreak, making for 12 in total that are affected by COVID-19. There are six in the Vancouver Coastal Health area and six in the Fraser Health area.

Fortunately, health officials say that 396 patients, or 45% of BC’s cases, with COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.

Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus would be prohibited from boarding domestic flights or trains.

He explained Transport Canada has formalized new measures across the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and people with symptoms should isolate and stay where they are.

With files from Megan Devlin.