186 people have fully recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. Henry notes that this means that most people, particularly who are young and have mild illness, are recovering from this virus at home.
Horgan acknowledged that $500 doesn't go a long way in B.C.'s pricey rental market, but said the money fills a gap along with the federal government's $2,000-per-month Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and the province's one-time, $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers payment.
As of the latest numbers released March 24, there are a total of 617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. The cases span all B.C. health regions: Vancouver Coastal (330), Fraser Health (194), Island Health (44), Interior Health (41) and Northern Health (eight).
64 people are now hospitalized and 43 people have recovered from the virus.
There are now 66 people in hospital and 26 are in intensive care. Almost 30,000 tests have been taken to date, roughly 3,500 a day.
Sixty-six people are in hospital, 26 of whom are in ICU, said Henry.
Henry said some of the Island cases are the people who have returned from travelling overseas, while others are the result of transmission in the community.
"I feel a little bit more secure with a provincewide rental freeze", she said, since City of Vancouver rules don't apply to where she and her family live at UBC. "No community is immune".
"This will be a hard time, as hard as we've ever seen as a province, but we know that if we do what we're asked to do, we can take the steps we need to bend the curve to ensure that all of us have the resources to deal with this, really, unprecedented in our lifetime, public health emergency", said Dix.
"Within a matter of weeks, things have changed drastically for all of us", explained Mackenzie. "We need to be kind and we need everybody to do their part".
Dix said that there were now 3,066 acute care beds available, making the current occupancy rate of those beds just 66 per cent. Normally they would be above regular capacity at 103.5 per cent.
On Thursday, Henry said there had been no new outbreaks at such facilities, but a few new cases had been confirmed. She advised anyone who attended the conference to self-quarantine for the recommended 14 days.
Seniors' Advocate Isobel Mackenzie said Thursday older citizens are both most at risk of getting COVID-19, and potentially devastating mental-health struggles due to isolation as a result of social-distancing measures.
"We are absolutely testing and contact tracing anybody for whom we don't know the source of their infection", she said.