One new COVID-19 case in northern B.C., total now 15

One more case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Northern Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday, bringing the region's total to 15.

Provincially, there are 43 new cases, which brings B.C.'s total to 1,013, and five new deaths, bringing the total to 24.

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Of the total cases, 507 patients have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements. 

There are still 128 patients hospitalized, and 61 are in intensive care. Five are in acute care in the north.

Of the provincial total, there are 476 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region, 348 in the Fraser health region, 107 in the Interior, and 67 on Vancouver Island.

Henry notes that more people are going into ICUs, and critical care teams have recognized that putting a ventilator on a COVID-19 patient earlier means that they often stay in hospital for less time and recover quickly.

 As such, she notes that the criteria for putting a patient on a ventilator has expanded to include more people.

Henry notes that this means that most people, particularly who are young and have mild illness, are recovering from this virus at home. However, she underscored that we are not past the peak of the pandemic.

"We are still testing around the province," Dr. Henry said. "This is our critical time - these next two weeks."

"No one is immune to this virus, but everyone can make a difference."

Henry added that anyone who is older and at-risk should, "please stay home, and we will support you."

Health Minister Adrian Dix added that paramedics are responding to more calls related to "influenza-like" symptoms. He underscored that the contribution of health care workers during this pandemic will never be forgotten in B.C. 

The Fort St. John Hospital has been designated a primary COVID-19 hospital to deliver care to the most critically-ill patients.

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This is a developing story.

— With a report from Jess Fedigan in Prince George

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

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