Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in BC Surpasses 230

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in BC Surpasses 230

Most industrial sites should not have a problem meeting social distancing requirements, she said, while transit is considered an essential service and is used by many health care and social service workers.

On Tuesday, Henry declared a public health emergency in B.C. Following that announcement, Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth declared a provincial state of emergency on Wednesday to ensure local, provincial and federal resources are delivered in a coordinated, "all hands on deck" manner.

"This is the tool that we need now".

"This declaration of an emergency enables me to be faster, more streamlined and nimble in the things we need to do right now", said Henry.

"Declaring a state of emergency is an important measure to support our provincial health officer and minister of health in swift and powerful response to the COVID-19 pandemic", Farnworth said.

The state of emergency declaration follows this week's declaration of a public-health state of emergency, and is aimed at supporting that measure.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 186 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., and seven people have died.

Dix offered condolences to the seven families who have lost loved ones to the pandemic.

"We must continue to be calm, continue to be safe", he said.

"This is truly another somber day", Dix said on Tuesday.

One of B.C.'s new cases is a resident of the Haro Centre, a long-term care facility in Vancouver's West End.

In-person instruction was also suspended for students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

"We are asking people to take additional steps to protect our communities". "We're not seeing that so much from children with COVID-19, and I look to countries, particularly Singapore and Korea, where schools are open still, and Taiwan, where they have not seen sort of these massive, explosive outbreaks." related to children. If the numbers of people infected continue to rise, in spite of all the precautions and cancellations of nearly everything connected to regular life, then those health care facilities are going to be needed to treat and care for the sick.

The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister responsible for further periods of time.

"It's a go big or go home environment", Horgan said.

The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples, injecting $5.5 billion into the economy, the federal government said.

Farnworth said B.C.'s supplies for grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses remain strong and discouraged people from hoarding or price-gouging.

"It is likely we will have a deficit", she said. "There's no question about that".

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