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Province releases new COVID-19 data dashboard

The BC Centre for Disease Control has launched a new site for COVID-19 statistics. And while the dashboard of data doesn’t give a complete picture of the 32 lab-confirmed cases in northern B.C.
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B.C. Covid-19 data dashboard, April 15, 2020.

The BC Centre for Disease Control has launched a new site for COVID-19 statistics.

And while the dashboard of data doesn’t give a complete picture of the 32 lab-confirmed cases in northern B.C., such as community by community breakdowns, it does add some context to the overall picture of how the pandemic has played out so far in the region.

For instance, though the first two cases were publicly reported by provincial health officials on March 14, they were actually reported to public health days earlier on March 9 and 10.

We also know that there have now been 2,351 tests as of April 16 — around 4% and a small fraction of the provincial total of 59,185.

Testing in the north peaked on March 17, when 178 were taken and sent to the lab, but the numbers have dropped significantly since then, to just two on April 15.

The turnaround for test results has averaged around 61 hours, or 2.5 days, so far in April.

The majority of the cases so far have affected women, which represent 20 out of the 32 cases. Twelve men have been affected, and the median age of all patients is 50 years.

The disease has hospitalized eight people, and there are currently two in hospital in intensive care. The median age of hospitalized patients is 44 years.

The region, meanwhile, has a recovery rate is 78%, with 25 of the 32 patient cases reported as recovered.

Here are some other statistics from the dashboard:

  • First case reported: March 9

  • Total confirmed cases: 32

  • New cases on April 16: 2

  • Currently hospitalized: 2

  • Currently in critical care: 2

  • Fatalities: 0

  • Recovered: 25

  • Ever hospitalized: 8

  • Number of people tested: 2,351

  • Median age of all patients: 50 years

  • Median age of hospitalized patients: 44 years

  • Median age of fatalities: N/A

  • Female patients: 20

  • Male patients: 12

To view the dashboard, click here.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.