BC COVID-19 cases grow by 77

BC COVID-19 cases grow by 77

Henry also ordered all restaurants in the province to close except for take-out and delivery service.

Earlier this week, she said restaurants could continue dine-in as long as they had the space to enforce social distancing.

Henry said she agrees with the sentiment those doctors have been expressing.

She said the province does have sufficient supplies of personal protection supplies for healthcare workers, despite worries to the contrary, although she said some communities have had challenges getting that equipment, an issue that she said is being addressed.

Five previously diagnosed patients have recovered, having now tested negative for the virus on two separate occasions.

Henry pointed out the risk is everywhere, so it doesn't make a difference if authorities identify where these COVID-19 cases are located.

Dix also spoke directly to healthcare workers, saying they are "working miracles".

According to Minister of Health Adrian Dix, 17,912 people have been tested as of March 20. "What we can control is what happens [going] forward", she said.

Despite the deluge of orders and increasingly strict measures announced in B.C. over the past days, reporters at the daily briefing observed that crowds of people continue to gather in public places.

"While there is no immediate threat to the community I believe Dr. Henry and her team are doing Northern Health a disservice by not providing more precise locations to the people who are testing positive", he said in an email to the Citizen. "We must be united in these efforts and we must build that firewall".

"It's a challenging time around the anxiety that's created by this virus, and the anxiousness, and that is even more challenging for people who are living vulnerable".

When it comes to enforceability, Henry says that there are peace officers around the province who can be called upon to enforce orders like closures and gatherings. "And I am relieved and happy to say that none of them have had severe illness", Henry said.

"Like we do when we're inside, we need to go out with our close family, in small groups. That capacity as of now or a snapshot as of today, is at at 78.5 per cent", he said on Friday. So right now, and in the days and weeks and months ahead we need to do what we're asked to do.

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