There are 55 new cases of COVID-19 within British Columbia, bringing the total number of cases 1,121.

“We now know there are over a million cases worldwide,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry explained, continuing: “we now have over 1,100 cases in BC and it is growing, the number of those hospitalized is also growing – by a small amount.”

The breakdown of cases is as follow:

525 in Vancouver Coastal Health (an increase of 28)
386 in Fraser Health (an increase of 19)
121 in Interior Health (an increase of 7)
72 in Island Health (no change)
17 in Northern Health (an increase of 1)

Furthermore, 149 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, with 68 in critical care.

57 percent of cases have now recovered, with 641 total recoveries.

However, 6 deaths have occurred since the last report, bringing the total to 31.

There has been a case of COVID-19 at Okanagan Correctional Centre in Central Health.

“The Provincial Health Services Authority, which is responsible for health care in B.C.’s correctional centres, is working with the Interior public health team to investigate and undertake contact tracing,” explained Provincial Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Henry in a joint statement.

Dr. Henry again emphasized the continued importance of physical distancing despite upcoming faith-based celebrations such as Easter and Ramadan.

“We continue to see patients with serious illness requiring hospitalization for COVID-19. This tells us that the risk remains high for everyone in British Columbia,” Dix and Henry stated.