The incubation period of the virus is up to 14 days, and Dr. Henry says when someone is identified as a presumptive, or confirmed case of COVID-19, they track everywhere that person had been in the 14 days to find if there are other people who were exposed who need to be in isolation. One of the new cases is a health-care worker at the Dufferin Care Centre, a long term care home in Coquitlam.
Over the past week, B.C.'s health officials have imposed dramatic new measures in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, including banning gatherings of more than 50 people and closing all public schools, bars and clubs.
Henry also ordered all personal service establishments, including salons, spas, massage parlours and tattoo parlours, to close, effective Saturday.
Henry says at least four of the latest cases are connected to a dental conference that was held in Vancouver on March 6 and 7, and that anyone from around the world who attended the event needs to self isolate. Of the 348 cases, 22 are being treated at hospital, 10 are in intensive care units in hospital, and 6 are reported as fully recovered.
Henry said the province is exploring options for delivering public-health messages to young people who may feel they are not at risk of contracting the disease.
With some people in B.C. failing to comply with the province's requirements around staying home and maintaining physical distance, Dix said the provincial government has the ability to call in peace officers to enforce the provincial health officer's orders, if necessary.
"We're making headway together against this threat, but we're far from prevailing, everybody knows that", he said.
Dr. Bonnie Henry briefs B.C. on COVID-19 on March 21, 2020.
Stewart said many non-essential businesses and services are already limiting the number of people permitted inside, switching to delivery or making the hard decision to close. She says it takes time to gather the testing information, given the timelines associated with the novel coronavirus. "It's in our hands now", said Henry.
"Physical distancing is incredibly important right now for everybody".
"The actions we are taking today make a difference in how we can transfer this disease to others", she said.
"There are still some problems and some concerns and we are still being made aware of those, particularly with young people", she said.
"We also know, as Dr. Henry has said, that you're performing miracles every day".
"Now is the time to stay home as much as possible, and to keep a safe distance from others when outside", she said. People who have travelled overseas do not need to be tested, even if they develop symptoms, but need to self-isolate at home for 14 days.