In response to COVID-19, Columbia Basin Trust is postponing the public engagement process to renew its strategic plan, including community meetings scheduled this spring and the two regional Symposia this fall.
The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 348
- New cases since March 19, 2020: 77
- Hospitalized cases: 22
- Intensive care: 10
- Deaths: 9
- Recovered: 6
Confirmed cases by region:
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“We are announcing 77 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 348 cases in British Columbia.
“Of the new cases, one patient is a health-care worker at the Dufferin Care Centre, a long-term care home in Coquitlam. Fraser Health authority public health and infection control teams are on site.
The City of Trail continues to follow the direction from local, provincial and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVD-19 in our community.
As a member-owned credit union, local decision-making and thriving communities are the cornerstone of who we are. The health and safety of our members, employees and communities are of utmost importance to us.
With the extraordinary events around us evolving at a rapid pace, we’re proactively taking precautions against the spread of the virus and putting into place measures that can help our members through this difficult time.
Member Financial Relief
The critical role technology will play during the COVID crisis – particularly within the community’s most vulnerable population - was underscored by a donation this week to the Community Harvest Food Bank in Castlegar.
In a daily provincial update on the COVID-19 public health emergency, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer confirmed that there are 45 new BC cases identified since yesterday, but underscored that much of the data they are receiving now is from the past two weeks.
This brings the total up to 231, with 13 patients in acute care (up from seven yesterday), but with no new deaths reported.
To support testing of people who meet specific criteria, new testing guidelines from the BCCDC limit testing to people with symptoms who are:
- Hospitalized or are likely to be hospitalized
- Health-care workers
- Residents of long term care facilities
- Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak
Testing will occur by appointment only for people who have been referred by their primary care provider or an 8-1-1 nurse.
Federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, just unveiled the “first phase” of Canada’s “Economic Response Plan” – which includes $27B in direct support and aid to Canadians and $55B in tax deferrals.
The federal package includes a number of desired-actions you flagged in our network-wide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey the results of which we shared with both the federal and provincial government, including:
Premier John Horgan has released the following statement regarding the federal response to COVID-19:
“I welcome the news on the border measures announced today by the federal government. We need to limit non-essential travel over the U.S. border, while maintaining our supply chains, so people have access to essentials.