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BC Nurses Plea for Public to Follow Health Orders As Hospital Admissions Climb

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​New numbers over weekend show province's hospitalization, ICU levels at unprecedented high

The province's COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalization and ICU capacity levels released this afternoon continue to be of great concern to BC Nurses' Union President Christine Sorensen, who says nurses are at a breaking point as they work through this third wave.

As of today, BC is recording 441 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 138 people requiring intensive care support.

"I've heard from nurses throughout the weekend who are very worried about how much more strain this province's health care system can manage," says Sorensen. "They are worried for their patients and are managing unacceptable and unsafe workloads."

Capacity challenges have been reported in several of Metro Vancouver's largest hospitals, including Surrey Memorial, Abbotsford Regional and Royal Columbian Hospital. Last week, modelling projections showed BC could hit a staggering 3,000 new cases a day if contact trends don't go down.

Sorensen is calling on the province to implement enhanced measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the growing pressure on the health care system, including a review of non-urgent surgeries. Given the situation the province is in, BCNU is awaiting what the government will unveil in Tuesday's provincial budget that addresses the dire need for a health human resource plan, and strategies in managing the province's nurse shortage.

Media Contact Katharine Kitts, BCNU Communications
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