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Another death recorded in #BC bringing total up to 1. We have 74 new cases of #COVIDー19 bringing total up to 424. Dr. Bonnie Henry says latest death linked to #LynnValley Care Centre in #NorthVancouver. @NEWS1130
#BREAKING More secondary businesses ordered to shutter in #BC include hair salons and other “personal” service establishments. @NEWS1130
Henry now explaining how she hopes to “flatten the curve” in #BC. She says social distancing measures are key to keeping everyone safe. He voice shakes again as she stresses how crucial it is these orders are followed. @NEWS1130
People most at risk are seniors. Henry calling on everyone to keep your distance, so we can stop the spread of this virus. Health Minister @adriandix says 27 people now in hospital and 12 in ICU. #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
.@adriandix says he knows people are anxious and “we need everyone to comply”. Follow orders to stay home if you’re sick and if you’ve left the country. If you own a bar, restaurant or salon ordered to close, do it. #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
Henry and Dix taking questions now. Re: enforcement of orders, Henry says police have power to do this if necessary, but not saying how. Re: letter from staff at #RCH to lockdown all of #BC, Henry still refusing to take harder line because essential services need to keep going.
Dix says we have to be practical and what we need now is for existing orders to be followed and if necessary, enforced. He again calls for everyone to do their part. #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
Re: possible ban on domestic travel, Henry says we are all inter-connected and inter-provincial travel may still be necessary if you have family you need to help elsewhere, but now is time to stay home if you can.
Re: dental conference in #Vancouver linked to more than 20 cases in #BC, Henry says she believes everyone who attended has been notified. She wishes conference was not allowed to go ahead, but “we can’t change that.” #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
Re: concerns raised by health workers who don’t think orders go far enough, Henry insists supplies sufficient and everything possible is being done to keep all health workers safe. She suggests most to test positive exposed in community -not in hospitals. #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
Re: backlog of test results, Dr. Bonnie Henry admits it’s been challenging and spiking numbers linked to results finally coming in. She says backlog should be cleared by early next week. Nearly 18-thousand tests done as of Friday. Focus is on where they can make most difference.
Re: workers worried bosses not doing enough to keep them safe, Henry says safe distances must be maintained and closures have been ordered when necessary. She’s trusting construction industry to take appropriate measures.
Re: border closures now in effect, Health Minister @adriandix says he’s pleased this has happened considering #Washington state numbers. Re: 9th death recorded yesterday, Henry confirms that was a patient at Lynn Valley Care Centre.
Re: using emergency text system to notify all #BC residents to follow new safety rules, Dr. Bonnie Henry says she welcomes that and it could happen soon. Re: #Nanaimo doctor claims #BC doesn’t have enough ventilators, Dix says that’s partly why all elective surgeries cancelled.
Health Minister @adriandix has repeatedly said equipment supplies are good, but I have spoken with staff at Royal Columbian Hospital in #NewWestminster who adamantly say that is NOT true. #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
Re: whether ANY cases recorded in #Vancouver’s #DowntownEastside, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister @adriandix deflect question by saying they are doing what they can to protect vulnerable populations. Please answer the question! #COVIDー19 @NEWS1130
.@VCHhealthcare @bc_housing @adriandix @jjhorgan @kennedystewart Someone please say if anyone in #Vancouver #DTES has tested positive and WHAT enforcement IS being done to keep this virus from spreading to frontline workers interacting with vulnerable people daily.
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