It seems like every day is another day of record high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, but it looks like there could be a tiny break. In a press conference on Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Bonnie Henry gave a COVID-19 update for B.C. and there are fewer new cases than there have been in recent days.

"42 new cases tested positive today," said the Provincial Health Officer. That brings the total number of cases in the province to 659.

Right now, there are 64 people hospitalized in B.C., 26 of them are in intensive care.

Just one day earlier, Henry announced a ton of new COVID-19 cases in the region. The jump included 78 cases over just 24 hours.

After steady updates of increasing numbers of cases, the case count has finally gone down a tiny bit.

The province has seen 183 recoveries which sounds pretty high especially compared with other provinces in Canada.

Unfortunately, there has been another death in B.C., too. Henry said that another person who had contracted the virus at a care home in North Vancouver has died.

This is the same care home where Canada's first COVID-19 related death occurred. Today, there have been more than a dozen deaths linked to the Lynn Valley Care Centre.

The province's health officer has issued three orders in the month of March: a ban on mass gatherings, an order for travellers entering the province to self-isolate, and a ban on bars and nightclubs operating.

Henry reminded British Columbians that gatherings of up to 50 people are banned throughout the province. 

"This is something that's required to protect people," she said.

"Particularly in the next two weeks, as we try to delay the transmission of this virus, we need to not meet in groups."

Even a get together of a few people is a bad idea, she said, and can lead to transmission of the virus. 

"These are things that right now we can't be doing," she said of people gathering in parks. "We need to come together virtually."

In B.C., the province just announced a $500 rebate for renters to help cover rent. The catch is that it will be paid directly to your landlord.

They also announce a one time, tax-free payment of $1000 to help people who've lost work due to the pandemic.

For more information on financial programs, stay tuned to the Government of B.C. website. You can check out the BCCDC website for COVID-19 updates.

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