"Vancouver Island residents are anxious about their safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and we're still seeing tourists from other provinces and the USA driving on our roads here", said Blunt in the petition.
Guidelines from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control limit testing to people who are hospitalized or likely to be hospitalized, health-care workers, residents in long-term care and people who are part of an investigation for a cluster outbreak.
Dr. Henry says hospitals have enough personal protective equipment to meet demand, but "we aren't out of the woods yet".
"We are paying special attention to worldwide travellers returning to British Columbia", said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement issued Saturday.
The province said three of those deaths are linked to long-term care homes, which have now accounted for 33 of the 55 COVID-19 deaths in B.C.
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Raimondo had also issued an executive order last month saying that people returning to Rhode Island from NY had to self-quarantine for two weeks.
A total of 134 patients are now in hospital with the disease, up six from Friday. She thanked the people who are staying home and maintaining social distancing in order to manage the pandemic.
Last Friday (Apr.10) was the beginning to the self-isolation plan for travellers returning to B.C from abroad-requiring travellers to have a set plan for 14 days in self-isolation upon arrival.
BC Ferries reported that they have seen only a fraction of the traffic they usually see during this long weekend, and sailings and capacity have been reduced. "I am heartened that most people are doing what we need to do".
Henry, however, said BC will not be taking that step. In fact, she noted that a large number of nurses and care aides have stepped forward and volunteered to assist in B.C. facilities.