Province of BC injects $1.6 billion into healthcare system

7,000 jobs and a "hospital at home" program announced.

Premier John Horgan announced British Columbia's next steps moving into an influenza season - a $1.6 billion cash injection.

"COVID-19 is still with us, but we need to intensify our actvities," he said this afternoon.

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"Our government has been fighting COVID-19 with up to 6,000 tests a day and contact tracers," he said.

Horgan said a  'hospital at home' program was new to BC.

Ensuring patients can get the care they need at home and reducing the congestion at hospitals," said Horgan.

"This is a major step forward and we need to up our game."

Horgan again appealed to British Columbians' ethic in sticking to provincial guidelines and health orders. He also acknowledged parents were concerned about back to school later this week.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said as the province moved into restarting the province, an increase in cases was expected."

"We focused on making sure we can manage. But as we move into this fall, we know the impact this has on our long term care facilities and hospitals," said Henry.

"We need to be prepared."

Henry talked about increasing capacity to about 20,000 tests of day for COVID and influenza.

"We started with these plans in March and we are well on our way," she said adding public health will continued to identify those that are exposed to COVID-19.

"This allows people to get support, and not pass it on to others."


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