Health officials say physical distancing restrictions in B.C. are successfully beginning to slow the rate of spread of new COVID-19 cases in the province, perhaps by as much as half.
But despite the “glimmer of hope,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and other officials stressed that the province is not out of the woods and the health-care system still needs to be prepared for an inevitable surge in hospitalizations.
“I’m trying not to over-call it, but I do believe we’ve seen a flattening, a falling-off of that curve,” Henry said Friday, referring to the growth of new COVID-19 patients in B.C.
“What we need, though, is for everybody to continue to pay attention to these [physical distancing] measures so we can continue to prevent transmissions in our communities … for the coming weeks.”
Heading in the right direction. Let’s keep it up, gang! We can do it! I’ll stay here with the bears! #PhysicalDistancing #goodnews Physical distancing has halved rate of spread of COVID-19 in B.C., official modelling suggests https://t.co/z6bGKZkTHt
— Julien Hicks (@julienhicks_) March 28, 2020