Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Protective gear supply 'wicked problem'; 42 new B.C. cases, 1 death

Protective gear supply 'wicked problem'; 42 new B.C. cases, 1 death

"We inform when there is a public health reason to inform people of a circumstance of a Care Home, of an institution of something that's a problem, then we have to get out and inform people and that's what we do".

Workers are going through the protective gear at a faster clip than anticipated, Henry said. "That's our wicked problem. There are things we will be doing over the next coming days".

Though minister Robinson spoke at length, her remarks were more focused on communities being compassionate to one another than details about the applying process.

He also said that this program is for people who are in "genuine distress" and that the "fewer people who access the program, the more opportunity we have to expand it moving forward".

"We're at a bit of a critical phase with personal protective equipment", Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province's chief medical health officer, said Wednesday. Some of those orders have arrived and others are still on their way, but the province is looking at ways to secure alternative supplies and manage existing supplies more efficiently, she said.

While $500 alone provides little relief given BC's average market rental housing costs, especially within Metro Vancouver, Horgan believes that it will be effective in conjunction with the one-time, $1,000 cheques that will be sent to people who have lost their jobs in BC, as well as the federal government's $900 bi-weekly cheques for up to 15 weeks for those who do not qualify for Employment Insurance, and other relief measures such as interest-free freeze on student loan payments.

There are now 64 people in hospital, 26 of whom are in ICU, said Henry, and 183 people have now recovered from their illness.

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Walker described the fact that Valve has no one outside the company to respond to as a "cheat card". As you can see, Valve is also encouraging social distancing in this tough period for all of us.

The total on Vancouver Island now stands at 47, up three from yesterday. "I do want to see that dramatically decreasing".

Regarding maintaining physical distance, Henry said the provincial ban on gatherings of more than 50 people is not a scientific limit, but a practical one.

Henry said health officials have tested close to 30,000 people as of Tuesday, up from 17,912 tests March 20.

"I recognize that when we're in a crisis, when communities are in crisis, having celebrations and having ceremonies is our way of helping to cope", Henry said.

When asked if there should be better communication from the local health authority for local information, Dix says he thinks that IHA will be reaching out with more information, but adds it is providing that when people need to know.

"As the escalating numbers across B.C. show us, there is circulation and risk of COVID-19 throughout British Columbia".

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