Canada Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. focusing COVID-19 testing 'where it makes the most difference'

06:35  26 march  2020
06:35  26 march  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Provincial health officer Dr . Bonnie Henry says B . C . has confirmed 42 new cases of COVID - 19 , for a total of 659 to date. That total includes 55 health-care workers who have tested positive in connection with outbreaks at We're focusing on where it makes the most difference to the health system.

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B.C.'s provincial health officer has clarified the province's strategy for COVID-19 testing, saying the approach right now is to focus on protecting the health-care system.

On Tuesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters that "we are absolutely testing and contact-tracing anybody for whom we don't know the source of their infection."

But CBC News has heard in recent days from numerous British Columbians who say they have symptoms of the disease and unexplained sources of potential transmission but have been unable to get tested.

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On March 19 , Ximena Anderton told CTV News Vancouver that her doctor had diagnosed her and her two kids with the illness. "She told us that they Henry acknowledged that there has been a change in the provincial testing strategy, but cases where one member of a family has been tested and more

B . C .'s top doctor , Dr . Bonnie Henry , said the risk of contracting coronavirus in B . C . communities Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID - 19 infections are estimated to

Henry spelled out B.C.'s approach in more detail on Wednesday, saying the criteria for testing depend on where patients are located, what the local health authority knows about clusters of COVID-19 cases and how severe the person's illness is.

"We are focusing on where it makes the most difference," Henry said. "We are focusing on health-care workers, we're focusing on the health system — so people in long-term care or people who are in hospital are or likely to be in hospital."

That means that sometimes people who may have contracted the virus through community transmission won't be tested.

"For the most part, if you have a mild illness and it can be managed at home and you're in isolation and you're not going to pass it on to others, you may or may not be tested depending on whether there's a cluster that's detected around you," Henry said.

B.C. is now conducting about 3,500 tests every day.

If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca.

COVID-19: Two more deaths and 86 new cases in British Columbia .
Eighty-six new cases of COVID-19 have appeared over the past two days, according to the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. This brings the total number of British Columbians who were confirmed to have the disease to 970. That new figure is a 10 per cent increase over the figure released on Saturday. Henry said that 16 new cases were reported on Saturday and 70 on Sunday. There are COVID-19 outbreaks in 13 long-term care and assisted-living facilities in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions. Henry said there were two new deaths, bringing that total to 19, and 106 are in hospital. Of those in hospital, 60 are in the intensive care unit.

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