The province put out the call for retired B.C. doctors, nurses, and health care workers to sign up and join the fight against COVID-19. Just weeks later, hundreds have already signed on. Not only that, but the province now has a ton of supplies with which to battle the virus, and it looks like the province is full of heroes.\nIn a conference Thursday, March 28, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix thanked the thousands of health care workers taking up their stethoscopes one last time.\nAll in all, 26 doctors, 248 nurses, and many care aids have "joined and rejoined in support of health care facilities," said Dix.\nSpeaking for the provincial government, Dix said: "We appreciate how much that demonstrates our shared commitment and the extraordinary commitment of all health care workers to people in B.C."\nDix also said that as of Thursday, March 26, the province has 3,903 free hospital beds. The current occupancy is just 63.6%.\nEarlier, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updated the provincial COVID-19 count, confirming 66 new cases in the province. This brings the total up to 725.\nThankfully, there haven't been any new deaths.\nOut of the current cases, a total of 66 are in the hospital. 26 of them are in intensive care.\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/71ZDccj585— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) March 26, 2020\nThe province first called for their retired health care workers to return, just in case the number of COVID-19 infections grows too large for B.C. to handle.\nB.C. usually recruits people from other provinces. But other provinces have enough on their plates, so B.C. looked to retired health care workers to help.\nAll in all, it's really heartening to see such a huge response from the community stepping in to help. And the city is sure to let them know they're appreciated.\nNews and information about the spread of #COVID19 is coming at us quickly. Here are some things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another: https://t.co/yWqSjnIIOj pic.twitter.com/G4xOQyTWGA— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) March 26, 2020\nWhile the number of hospitalizations has hovered around 60 for the past few days, Henry says we must still be cautious.\n"I don't dare hope at this point," she said. "We're still in the incubation period from when we first started putting in these measures."\nThe BC Ministry of Health in partnership with Thrive Health launched a user-friendly support app called BC COVID-19 SUPPORT. Keep informed about #covid19 in BC and use it to determine what actions/next steps you should take. Available on Apple App Store and Google Play 📲 pic.twitter.com/WBA4NvwRUj— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) March 26, 2020\nBetween making sure we have enough doctors and announcing a public health emergency, B.C. has already done a ton to prepare for the pandemic.