B.C. health officials to give Thursday update on coronavirus response

Coronavirus: B.C. reports 3 new deaths, 100 people now recovered

British Columbia has recorded three new deaths from the novel coronavirus, along with 48 new cases since Saturday.

The province’s total stands at 472 cases and 13 deaths, as of Monday. Thirty-three people are in hospital, with 14 of them in intensive care.

Meanwhile, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters testing confirms that 100 people have recovered from the virus.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the province is now testing between 3,300 and 3,600 people per day.

One of the three new deaths is linked to North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, while another was linked to Vancouver’s Haro Park Centre seniors’ home. The third person who died lived in the Fraser Health region.

Ten of the 13 deaths in B.C. stem from the Lynn Valley seniors’ facility.

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Over the weekend, Fraser Health confirmed a staff member at Delta View Care Centre had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Henry said a staff member at a sixth facility, Vancouver’s German-Canadian Care Home, has also tested positive.

Henry responded to concerns expressed on social media over the weekend about people not following crucial social-distancing rules, namely staying two metres apart from others.

“We do need to be sure we’re addressing some of those issues we have seen with people congregating in groups often outside where it’s very visible,” she said

“If you’re not in self-isolation, yes, you can go outside, but only go with your family members in small groups. Maintain those distances.”

Although just 48 new cases were confirmed since Saturday, Henry reiterated that the province is focusing on testing health-care workers, hospital patients, long-term care home residents and outbreak clusters, and that others who have the disease are not included in her confirmed count.

Officials will soon provide numbers on these patients — that is, those who have COVID-19, but were diagnosed not by a test, but by a doctor based on their symptoms and possible exposure history.

Dix said the province had freed up more than 1,200 acute-care hospital beds since Friday.

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Bed capacity, which would normally be at about 103 per cent this time of year, was at 63 per cent, he said.

Coronavirus outbreak: B.C. provides data on COVID-19 cases in province

Coronavirus outbreak: B.C. provides data on COVID-19 cases in province

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says fines, business closures, and other penalties could be on the way to enforce social-distancing.

Stewart said council will meet virtually on Monday morning to vote on an amendment to the city’s emergency powers bylaw that would allow bylaw officers to issue penalties to anyone either gathering in large groups or not doing what they can to keep two metres apart.

— With files from Sean Boynton

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