In their most recent update, officials announced there are now over 1,000 COVID-19 cases in B.C. However, some people are recovering. Half of all the COVID-19 positive patients are officially deemed recovered but the province is still at a critical moment.\nOn Tuesday, March 31, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. has officially passed the 1,000 case marker with 43 new cases. The current total is 1,013.\nShe also said that another five patients had died due to the virus.\nHenry also announced that 507 patients have now fully recovered. This brings the total recoveries to almost exactly 50% of all cases, in contrast to the 48% recovery rate on Monday, March 30.\nThat recovery number brings B.C. far in the lead compared to other Canadian provinces. However, the province also has different criteria in place for defining a recovery.\nAccording to her report from Saturday, March 28, Henry said the province is confirming COVID-19 patients as having recovered if they have mild symptoms that stop showing after ten days in self-isolation.\nDespite the change, the recovery rate is still large, and that's a source of hope.\nCompared to the previous day, B.C. also had a much lower number of new cases. On Monday, March 30, there were 70 new cases confirmed. Just 24 hours later, only 43 tested positive.\nProvincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update to the media on COVID-19 in BC.For more information on provincial support related to COVID-19 visit https://t.co/5CXfmkAhVP #COVIDbc https://t.co/TxNrKYOVnD— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) March 31, 2020\n"For right now, we need our people to be 100% committed. All in," said Dix, explaining that the next two weeks will be critical for flattening the curve in the province.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"We are at a critical juncture," added Henry.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHenry and Dix repeated the avoid groups, saying that people need to be careful to have at most only "inside, intimate" meetings and gatherings.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n"Right now, those are very dangerous," she said.\nLaboratory staff across BC have completed more than 42,000 #COVID19 tests! Show your support for their efforts by staying home. Thank you! #Stayhome pic.twitter.com/vTNlMdXun6— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) March 31, 2020\nEarlier in the day, the BCCDC tweeted that labs across the province have completed a total of 42,000 tests.\nWhile there were concerns about running low on testing supplies earlier, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix said in recent updates that the province has received new supplies.\nIt’s important to care for both your physical & mental health during #COVID19. For #mentalhealth support follow: @CMHABC@MindHealthBC@HeretoHelpBC @PHSAofBC For youth support follow:@KeltyCentre@KidsHelpPhone More info: https://t.co/KF6MnXRxpV #COVIDBC pic.twitter.com/iVVqQIqpV5— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) March 31, 2020\nHenry repeated that locals really need to be careful, at least in the next few weeks. At the press conference, she said that she doesn't think we'll need to be under full-on lockdown for many months.\n"We need to hold the course right now." But this is not forever, she said.