There is a silver living in the COVID-19 cloud. More than 500 people in BC have now recovered from COVID-19.
“To date, 507 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements,” Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said in an update on March 31.
To date, as many as 1,013 have been affected by the virus, which means slightly over 50 per cent of those affected have recovered from the disease.
Of the total cases in BC, 128 individuals are currently hospitalized, 61 are in intensive care and the remaining patients are recovering at home in self-isolation.
The province is at critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19, said Adrian Dix, the health minister.
He said the province faces two paths in the next two weeks: Either the COVID-19 curve will flatten or the rates of infection will rise even more.
“While we are watching the epi-curve closely, we continue with the active readiness of our health-care system to prepare for the potential of a large spike in COVID-19 cases,” he said.
Dix said the government is doing everything it can to address this challenge, but it needs the support of people.
“Let us be united in this singular purpose: In these next two crucial weeks we must be 100 per cent committed to flattening the curve and lessening the devastating impacts of this virus,” he said.