Health Minister Adrian Dix says the province is opening up 15 intensive care hospital capacity in the Lower Mainland (10) and Vancouver Island to (5) deal with a rise in seriously ill COVID-19 patients from northern BC as the Fort St. John's Hospital is at capacity.
”We do this with great reluctance,” said Dix this afternoon.
Dix added Tuesday that 12 patients from the north are already in critical care down south, including nine patients with COVID-19.
“On Monday we had 53 people total in Northern Health hospitals with COVID-19,” he added.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dix spoke about community leaders speaking out about not getting the vaccine, or being personal choice on the matter, citing MLA Dan Davies and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman as "real leaders" for their direction on the matter.
“If they would like to support their community, get vaccinated,” added Dix.
Dix said the steps including 15 ICU beds in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island are necessary to ensure people in the north have access to quality care and to support healthcare workers in the north.