Surgeries happening at normal pace again in B.C.

Surgery rooms humming

The number of surgeries performed in British Columbia in a week has now returned to normal levels, says B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

For the past three weeks, between 6,100 and 6,500 surgeries per week have been performed. 

Dix made the announcement during Monday's COVID-19 provincial briefing, calling it a very impressive effort from those working in the healthcare system.

He also noted an increase in the number of B.C. residents requiring emergency medical assistance. 

On Friday, June 26, there were 5,869 emergency visits - the highest number since March 9.

"Clearly our hospitals are again - they’ve been busy all along - but again, dealing with very significant number of cases in the emergency room, and doing enormous and extraordinary work with respect to surgeries. We express appreciation to everyone who’s doing that work."

The province is continuing to receive significant numbers of PPE in the past week, including 214,920 additional N95 or equivalent respirators, 2,346,454 surgical or procedure masks and 2,843,300 pairs of gloves since June 22.

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