VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported the eighth death in B.C. due to COVID-19 on Thursday, along with 40 new cases.
The latest death is linked to the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver. Of the eight deaths in B.C., seven are linked to that care home, along with multiple other cases of cornonavirus.
“This is a critical time,” Henry said. “We need to stay connected while we stay apart.”
She offered condolences to the family and Lynn Valley staff regarding the latest death and said B.C. is still on the “upswing” of cases being recorded.
Henry says we are still on the "upswing" re: more cases being recorded. Her advice for anyone anxious about this and mentally struggling is to take advantage of resources available via 811 and online @CDCofBC and just "stay connected" with others via phone or social media.
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Canada’s death toll is now at 12, including two in Ontario, one in Quebec and one in Alberta.
"This is a critical time… We need to stay connected while we stay apart" – Dr Henry@adriandix giving condolences to family and to Lynn Valley staff upon news of last death
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9 icu – 8 vch, 1 fh #bcpoli #covid19 @NEWS1130
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The recorded total of novel coronavirus cases in B.C. is now 271.
Henry said of the 40 new cases in B.C., 17 patients remain in hospital, with nine in intensive care.
She is also asking all business owners and professionals to do what they can to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier Thursday, Ontario recorded its second COVID-19 death. The city then recommended all businesses close except grocery and drug stores in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
Alberta recorded its first COVID-19 death on Thursday.
Henry said testing clusters in the community will take priority over that for people with mild symptoms. That is why some people will see their tests take longer than others, she added.
Henry also said it’s important to keep essential services going in B.C., but suggested everyone lay low and stay home if they can.
If you are not required to self-isolate, she said to go outside and and get some fresh air.
The province is not ordering dentists to stop seeing patients, However, Henry is asking all dentists to adhere to social distancing restrictions, especially with elderly patients.
Henry reiterated that daycares do not have to stay open, and doesn’t think parents will lose spaces if they choose to keep children at home.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Canadians returning home from travel abroad won’t have to wait three months for MSP coverage.