Just weeks ago, officials came out to announce that they were cautiously optimistic about COVID-19 in B.C. With new statistics coming in daily, it looks like B.C.’s growth curve is way lower than the other provinces'. Active cases in the province haven't risen for quite some time. 

According to data released by CBC News, COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. are beginning to taper out. Comparatively speaking, the cases in Ontario and Quebec are steadily growing. 

In the province, hospitalizations and active cases have been consistent for the last week and the disease growth curve as of now has been flattened. 

CBC News spoke with B.C.’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, about the flattening of the COVID-19 curve in B.C.. 

While she does not know exactly why this is, she has in part compared it to luck and preparedness. 

The BC Centre for Disease Control has released modelling and projection data on its website. 

It is noted that the province's rate of growth is being positively impacted by the public health measures that have been adopted over the past several weeks. This goes back to the preparedness that Henry spoke about. 

“The impact of our public health measures should help bend that curve – and we are preparing for a higher curve if the trajectory changes,” the data concludes.

Throughout all of Canada, there are over 18,000 cases of the novel coronavirus. 

Quebec currently has the highest number of cases with 9,340. Comparatively speaking, B.C. has 1,291. 

Despite the growing numbers and having a large community outbreak, B.C. has the highest recovery rate, 604 Now reports. 

Of the over 1,200 cases in the province, 704 people have recovered. This means the province’s recovery success rate is over 50%. 

In Quebec, there have been 611 people who have recovered from COVID-19. 

On Saturday, April 4, health officials announced that there were 26 new cases in B.C. which is the lowest number the province has seen in weeks. 

The BC Centre for Disease Control explains that while the province is conducting testing, not everyone is required to be tested. 

People who are not showing symptoms and patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home will not be tested for COVID-19.

According to Our World In Data, data from COVID-19 testing is one of the best ways to see how the pandemic is progressing. "Without data we cannot respond appropriately to the threat; neither as individuals nor as a society. Nor can we learn where countermeasures against the pandemic are working.”

It is important to note that since B.C. is not testing people who are showing minor symptoms or people who are showing symptoms that can be monitored at home, the number of confirmed cases may be judged differently than other provinces. 

The World Health Organization defines confirmed cases as a person who has been confirmed via lab testing. This means that a person may have COVID-19 but will only be counted in the province's overall data if a positive test result comes back.

Scientists across the globe are working on finding a COVID-19 vaccine. At UBC, an extensive research team has found a drug that “holds promise” to fighting the disease.

As of now, residents in B.C. can use a self-assessment tool online designed to determine if you should seek testing. 

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