Amid challenge, Henry relishes chorus of clangs; more cases confirmed

Grant Boone
April 3, 2020

There have been 55 additional COVID-19 cases in British Columbia since Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,121, and six additional deaths, bringing the total to 31.

As of Thursday, there still have been no deaths from COVID-19 reported in the Northern Health region.

More than 142 people are in hospital due to the virus, with 67 patients in intensive care.

The inmate who tested positive was isolated, and those in his block are being monitored, said Henry.

With Canada now repatriating large numbers of Canadians from foreign counties and cruise ships, Dix acknowledged "we need to do better" at communicating quarantine regulations at B.C. airports.

"Things like people leaving flowers and groceries on the doorstep for their neighbours", said Henry.

Thursday's new deaths surpassed the five deaths health officials announced on Tuesday, making the last 24 hours the deadliest period of the pandemic in B.C.so far.

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"As I've said every day this week, it's a challenging time for us", Henry said Thursday.

In regard to local travel, Henry asks everyone to forgo all non-essential travel to small, remote communities around the province.

The provincial health officer and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said they are aggressively monitoring and testing residents in seniors homes for COVID-19 and counting even a single resident or employee who tests positive for the virus at a long-term care or assisted-living facility as an outbreak.

She said the province has heard some concerns from smaller communities about people arriving at vacation homes and fishing. "There was a number of measures put in place to try and reduce the risk of introduction of COVID-19 into all of our correctional facilities, both the provincial ones and the federal correctional facilities across the country".

"We've had a plan in place from the beginning", said Henry during the conference.

"We must do what we can do to protect our families and our communities".

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