The British Columbia government will reopen 20 hospital emergency operation centres set up for COVID-19 to deal with an expected surge in flu, respiratory illness and COVID cases.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said Friday they’ve been coping with an unprecedented increase in demand in the health-care system.
He said reactivating the centres starting Monday will ensure people have continued access to hospital care and will allow for a co-ordinated response during periods of additional pressures on hospitals.
There were 10,226 patients in B.C.’s hospitals on Friday, a six percent jump from 9,637 on New Year’s Eve.
Dix said the centres will help ensure there is space for those needing it in the coming weeks.