Health Minister Adrian Dix pointed to the possible use of The Summit as one way that health authorities are freeing up acute-care space in hospitals as the number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. reached 472 Monday.
Henry said she senses people in B.C. have grasped the necessity of following her recent orders to stay home if sick, self-isolate for 14 days if recently travelled and to practise physical distancing from others when outside.
Henry said of the three deaths announced Monday, two were connected to long-term care facilities in Metro Vancouver at the Lynn Valley Care Centre and Haro Park, with the third person being a resident in the Fraser Health region.
The scheduled increase to the provincial carbon tax anticipated for April 1 will be delayed, James said.
The transfer of seniors into a new long-term care home in Victoria has been put on hold, and the facility could be used to help free up space in hospitals during the COVID-19 outbreak, Island Health confirmed Monday.
In response to questions from Liberal Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong on the projected spread of the virus, Dix said computer modelling is being done to answer those types of questions that will be shared with the Opposition and the public.
He said the package, in addition to this year's $60-billion budget, amounts to 2 per cent of the province's GDP, but he fully expects this will just be the first round of assistance needed.Читайте также: Danny DeVito urges New Yorkers to stay home amid coronavirus outbreak
"So stimulus is something that we need to be looking at in a month's time", said Premier John Horgan. "I firmly believe by working together all of us will get through this". These measures make it harder for people who have the virus but don't know it yet - or haven't been tested yet - to infect others.
"We have to go all in, 100 per cent, for those that we love, and that's what we're doing right now".
Even so, Henry said residents can still get outside, as long as it's done safely.
"We are very saddened, of course, by the passing of these people", Henry said in announcing the latest deaths.
Henry said she's aware there are large gatherings, like weddings, still happening.
Health officials had been following up with everyone exposed at the conference and their close contacts, she said, noting the process had "kept my colleagues in the health authorities busy". "We need to protect our communities and our families".
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