For the third day in a row, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the province is far lower than the peak increase.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 55 new cases of the disease on Thursday. That is down from a peak of 92 new cases on March 28 and in line with updates from Tuesday (43 new cases) and Wednesday (53 new cases).
The province-wide breakdown shows 525 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 386 in the Fraser Health region, 72 on Vancouver Island, 121 in the Interior Health region and 17 in the north.
An additional six deaths were reported on Thursday, including the first on Vancouver Island. Other deaths were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (3) and Fraser Health region (2).
Thirty-one people have now died of COVID-19 in the province.
There are now 149 in hospital, an increase of seven patients over Wednesday's numbers. Of those 149, 68 are in critical care
Health Minister Adrian Dix added some context to hospitalization figures on Thursday, noting 65 are hospitalized in the Fraser Health region, 61 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 10 in the Interior, eight on Vancouver Island and five in the north.
Dix also noted that hospital bed availability has further increased to 4,273 beds.
Another metric released Thursday is the number of visits to emergency rooms. Dix said that on April 1, there were 3,039 ER visits in the province compared to 6,559 visits on March 9, also noting that there have been significantly fewer overall calls for ambulance service.