BC confirms 7 new COVID-19 cases, bringing province's total to 46


All of the new cases are located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at her daily update on the global pandemic Friday afternoon.

The two cases were originally diagnosed in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

"To protect people's privacy the Province is not identifying the communities where confirmed cases reside; however, anyone potentially exposed will be contacted".

"Anyone who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19 gets contacted by the public health officials who are supporting confirmed cases and their close contacts". "We need to adapt, and we are adapting our testing strategy". This is why privacy is important to everyone.

Many events and facilities - from school trips to public recreation centres - across the North Shore and Metro Vancouver have either been cancelled or suspended service during the past week amid fears of coronavirus. There are now four residents and 12 staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus since an outbreak was first reported at the care home. "Our approach has been to get ahead of increasing risks and do all we can to break the chains of transmission, and we will continue to do so", said the press release.

She believes the outbreak was caught in its initial stages, and more cases are becoming apparent as people with the virus transition from their incubation phase to showing symptoms. Six of the people in B.C. who tested positive for the virus have since recovered, two are now hospitalized, one has died and the rest are in isolation at home.

"We are going to be tested in the coming days as well", said Dix.

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She clarified that statement Friday, saying the province would consider travel essential for anyone whose work relates to the movement of goods and people across borders - such as truckers, airline crews, for example.

The health-care system needs to ramp up to accommodate people who have the virus, while at the same time safely looking after everybody else who needs health care, said Henry.

"We're prioritizing particular investigations".

It is hoped that a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people-which Henry made mandatory on March 13-will help slow the spread of the disease.

Henry also dissuaded British Columbians from panic buying, which has been seen at a number of stores across the Lower Mainland and Canada in recent days.

Earlier in the day, Henry and Dix announced the cancellation of the World Women's Curling Championship that had been scheduled to begin Saturday in Prince George.