More than 600 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in BC

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

"It is with sadness we share that one more resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre has passed away".

"I've been hearing, regrettably, that some banks and financial institutions are not as enthusiastic about living up to the challenge we have in front of us", said Horgan during Wednesday's press conference on pandemic housing measures.

"It's a bit of a dance right now", Henry said.

In a Facebook post, Meghan Desnoyer said there was a "critical shortage of personal protective equipment - masks, gowns, face shields, and sanitizers" and appealed for donations of such items.

He says he understands that people would like to know more about where individual cases are. "We are putting in place measures now to try and control that and be more efficient and effective in how we use PPE".

Current and future evictions are officially suspended, with some exceptions.

Her orders for people to physically distance themselves, self-isolate and wash their hands frequently are aimed at keeping the virus from spreading, she said, adding next week's patient numbers could start showing success.

"We remind all British Columbians that while 50 is the number, the smaller, the better". Celebrations and ceremonies need to be postponed.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 42 new positives today, bringing the grand total to 659.

As an elder, however, I am very concerned that Vancouver Coastal Health is refusing to release‚ the actual number of COVID 19 cases in Squamish (actual and presumptive) as well as in locations.

Earlier Wednesday, the federal government announced new details around its COVID-19 financial aid package, including tax deferrals for business and a new $2,000 monthly benefit for people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic.

"We must remind ourselves that the virus can spread with minimal symptoms and that is why physical distancing, especially staying away from people at higher risk, is so critically important at this time".

Two additional residential care homes have confirmed cases.

That means testing health-care workers, people in long-term care and people who are in hospital or likely to be in hospital.

"That shows us that most people can be managed at home and are recovering".

Asked if she has an estimate in mind for how many cases there are in B.C. overall - including those that have not been confirmed through testing - Henry acknowledged that she does, but said it changes regularly and she's hesitant to share it without providing proper context.

Robinson added that the province is granting landlords the power to regulate the use of multi-purpose and amenity spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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