COVID-19: One more person has died, 74 new cases

COVID-19: One more person has died, 74 new cases

COVID-19: One more person has died, 74 new cases

Henry said she agrees with the sentiment those doctors have been expressing. Nine of the ten people who have died from the virus in B.C. were residents of the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors' care home in North Vancouver.

While employees of long-term care homes typically rotate through various facilities, Henry said once an outbreak is declared staff are assigned to a single facility to protect them. One additional death has also been reported in a Vancouver care home.

The provincial health officer has confirmed 74 new cases of COVID-19 in the province including seven new cases on Vancouver Island. She says it takes time to gather the testing information, given the timelines associated with the novel coronavirus.

"This is our chance to alter the course of this epidemic, and we can do it. It's in our hands right now".

In terms of the impact on health care workers, Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry says is has no way of preventing it and it has been a tremendous challenge for the health care sector to watch what is happening both here and around the world.

She highlights the importance of social distancing, and how staying away from one another can be an important defense against the spread of the virus. Also reminding British Columbians that yes, it is okay to go outside but to practice the same measures you do inside-being with close family and small groups. They can be confident that by following these guidelines on appropriate use, we will have sufficient supply of personal protective equipment.

"Most of these measures are orders".

He said they are also forming a plan for assistance cheque-issue day next week.

"It's everyone's obligation to comply".

Henry also ordered all restaurants in the province to close except for take-out and delivery service.

Police can start enforcing compliance of these orders with fines, she added.

Henry said about two dozen of our healthcare workers in British Columbia have been affected with COVID-19, and that she is relieved and happy to say that none of them have had severe illness.

Five previously diagnosed patients have recovered, having now tested negative for the virus on two separate occasions.

"Young people feel that they are immune to this", observed Henry.

Health Minister Adrian Dix echoed Henry's sentiments, saying child-care will be provided so health-care workers can continue doing a vital job under safe conditions.

A total of 37 residents and 19 staff members at the care home have now tested positive for the virus.

Despite the deluge of orders and increasingly strict measures announced in B.C. over the past days, reporters at the daily briefing observed that crowds of people continue to gather in public places.

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