This will allow health authorities to increase their local pool of available public health professionals, while also providing a team of people that are available to be deployed throughout the province as needed.
"Following yesterday's public health news confirming increases cases of COVID-19 within our province, and the cautions about further spread, we recognize our responsibility to support the best interest of our community, and we have chose to once again close Celebrities".
There are now eight people in hospital for treatment of COVID-19, five of whom require intensive care.
"It doesn't tell us what's going to happen, it tells us what can happen", Henry stressed.
Reducing the number of people with the flu helps alleviate the burden on provincial laboratory testing infrastructure and protects acute-care capacity in B.C.'s hospitals as respiratory illness season approaches this fall.
The province of British Columbia will hire 500 new health-care professionals to help with contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if the rate of contact moves from 70 per cent of normal where it is right now to 80 per cent, the numbers of cases could increase to more than 100 a day.
When talking about the "disproportionate increase in cases", Henry explained that while British Columbians between the age of 20 and 29 make up 13% of the population, they account for 17% of cases. We all need to be role models in our community, in our family, to use the tools that we have to support all of us and to keep our community safe. Fifty-seven were people under the age of 40, of which just three are under the age of 20.
"The deaths unfortunately are heavily skewed toward older people, especially those 80, plus", she said.
Health officials have said the majority of new cases involve young people in the Lower Mainland whose recent exposures have been linked to community events.
Don't party with assurances of social distancing, he said.
She is howpever cautioning against demonizing all young people for not caring about COVID-19.
Henry said the province has been able to keep on top of its contact tracing efforts, finding 98 per cent of those who may have come into contact with COVID-19 transmissions.
The threshold for sustained growth in cases is one - a single additional infection for every case that's identified - but Henry noted B.C. has been "bouncing around a little bit above one" since June. Two teachers did test positive in the Fraser Health Authority.