COVID-19 Update March 24, 2020
📊There were 67 new confirmed cases on March 23 and 78 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in British Columbia to 617. There are 194 cases in the Fraser Health region.
✅ 173 people have fully recovered.
🟥 BC workers as of yesterday can NOT be fired for taking leave due to COVID-19, particularly workers who are ill, who need to self-isolate, who need to care for their child or other dependent, or whose employer is concerned that the employee may put others at risk. This leave will be retroactive to January 27, 2020 – the date of the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in BC.
🔬3,500 COVID-19 tests are being conducted everyday in BC.
🏥 The province has created over 3,600 empty acute-care hospital beds in BC to prepare for an increase in cases.
💵 The BC government has announced a $5 billion aid package to help individuals, families, and businesses who are struggling during this extraordinary time.
❗ The Provincial State of Emergency continues to be in effect.
We all have an enormous role to play in what happens next. As Minister Dix has previously said, we need 100% compliance with social distancing so that our health care system can avoid the worst impacts of this crisis. If we all do our part, we can get through this.
For more information on Provincial government supports, please visit this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support