Vancouver's doctors, nurses, and frontline healthcare staff have been working tirelessly since the novel coronavirus outbreak reached B.C. While they aren't able to stay home as often as the rest of us, they're urging Vancouverites to do so as much as possible. They say it is critical for managing the COVID-19 outbreak in Vancouver.

On Thursday, Vancouver Coastal Health tweeted photos of their emergency department, holding signs that read "I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us."

The comments were immediately flooded with support.

"Yes, thank you all front line workers," wrote one commenter, "This is the least we can do!"

VCH has been kept busy in recent weeks. As of March 19, a total of 271 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the province.

Of these individuals, 8 have died, 17 are in the hospital, and 9 are in intensive care, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at a press conference.

The province has given out so many COVID-19 tests that there's a shortage of swabs critical for testing. The B.C. government is hard at work to get more.

B.C. has even asked retired doctors to come back into service if the outbreak worsens, just as a precaution if the healthcare system gets overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to prevent that, according to Dr. Henry, is to practice social distancing.

Twitter users have been sharing their own self-isolation and social distancing advice. Many people emphasize that we aren't only responsible for our own health, but for the health of those around us.

Earlier in the week, B.C. declared a public health emergency in response to COVID-19. On Thursday, Vancouver did the same.

The state of emergency gives both the city and the province the ability to enforce mandatory closures of non-essential establishments such as gyms, bars and restaurants that don't offer takeout or delivery. 

From the hardworking staff at VCH Healthcare, just stay home.

 

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