Nearly half of B.C. coronavirus patients have now recovered

'Not through the storm yet'

Nearly half of all B.C. coronavirus patients have now recovered and are out of isolation. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday 48 per cent, or 469 people, previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have beat the disease, including 70 who were hospitalized. 

“That is really a testament to the importance of people being in hospital at the right time, being ventilated at the right time, if they need it, and recovering from this,” she said.

She said the province needs to keep its foot on the gas when it comes to social distancing to “break the chains of transmission” within the community to keep the virus at levels manageable for the healthcare system. 

Henry said the province is at a “critical juncture” right now.

“The next two weeks, we are in our second incubation period, this is the critical time for us. We will see if our hospitals continue seeing a trickle, or we are going to see dramatic increases.”

“It’s very hard to know right now,” she continued. “But I do think… that things that we are doing, are making a difference.”

On Monday, Henry announced another 86 new coronavirus cases and two deaths over the previous two days. There are now 94 virus cases in the Interior Health region, up from 77 last announced Saturday afternoon.

“We are not through the storm yet. We have not yet reached our peak. We have more people everyday who are in the hospital and in our intensive care units,” she added.

Henry said most people appear to be taking the social distancing rules seriously, but pointed to the province’s rules around banning all gatherings larger than 50 people.

“It doesn’t mean that you can have 49 people at a house party. Those are the situations that cause this virus to spread,” she said, calling small groups indoors “a risk.”

The provincial government said Monday it is in the process of readying a number of off-site treatments centres, such as the Vancouver Convention Centre (270 bed capacity) to accept patients for less acute care. Similar plans are being drawn up by all of B.C.’s health authorities.

The province also announced it will be suspending pay parking at all B.C. hospitals.

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