The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
- Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,724
- New cases since April 20, 2020: 25
- Hospitalized cases: 109
- Intensive care: 51
- COVID-19 related deaths: 87
- Recovered: 1,041
- Long-term care and assisted-living homes currently affected: 20
- Acute-care unit outbreaks: 1
Confirmed cases by region:
- Vancouver Coastal Health: 707
- Fraser Health: 715
- Island Health: 109
- Interior Health: 153
- Northern Health: 40
New provincial advice and measures:
- Provincial emergency COVID-19 funding will be distributed through Community Living BC to ensure people with developmental disabilities stay supported and safe during the pandemic: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020SDPR0013-000730
- The latest modelling presentation and information is available online: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Update_Modelling-BROADCAST.pdf
New federal measures:
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/21/prime-minister-announces-further-support-help-canadians-need
- Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2020/04/government-of-canada-launches-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy-calculator-for-employers.html
Media availability schedule:
Upcoming scheduled media availability with Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer:
Wednesday, April 22 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Thursday, April 23 – 3 p.m., Victoria
Friday, April 24 – 3 p.m., statement only
Saturday, April 25 – noon, Victoria
- For provincial support and COVID-19 information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid
- For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit: http://www.bc211.ca/
- For information for Indigenous peoples in B.C., visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/indigenous-people/covid19
- If you or a family member need additional medical advice, call 811.
- 65,545 individuals have been tested as of April 21, 2020.
- If symptoms appear, check your symptoms online: https://covid19.thrive.health
- If needed, call your health-care provider or 811 for further guidance.
For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
For the provincial health officer's orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance
For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers and businesses, visit:
For common questions about COVID-19 and terminology, visit:
Worker and employer information:
For workers and employers who need help understanding the law and their rights, have workplace heath and safety questions or who need help with claims, call:
Employment Standards Branch: 1 833 236-3700
For health and safety assistance: 1 888 621-7233 (1 888 621-SAFE)
For workers and claims: 1 888 967-5377 (1 888 WORKERS)