B.C. officials just confirmed that there are three new deaths in Canada in connection with COVID-19 and that all were living in the province. In the same conference, they noted 30 new cases, bringing the provincial total up to 103. All four COVID-19 related deaths in Canada were from the same care home in North Vancouver.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on Monday, March 16.
Of the four total COVID-19 deaths in Canada, all happened at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver. The care centre provides health and nursing services to the elderly.
"Four people in total now have passed away and we are very, very sorry about that. This is a very sad situation and we pass on our condolences to their families," said Dix during the conference.
Meanwhile, six of the 30 newly confirmed coronavirus cases are in the hospital. Everyone else, they report, is in stable condition and isolated at home.
The new cases are in the Island Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Interior Health, and Fraser Health regions. Most of the new cases were recorded in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions.
However, there's good news too; five COVID-19 cases have fully recovered, Henry announced during the conference.
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After COVID-19 deaths in Washington, B.C. announced they will be watching the border more carefully. Premier John Horgan said he has very close connections with the state and that they are in constant communication.
However, Horgan also noted the "extremely close" economic and social connections between B.C. and Washington. He explained that any measures the province takes must be very carefully thought out.
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The announcement comes after the province banned gatherings of more than 250 people and urged locals to avoid international travel on Thursday, March 12.
Since then, the province has taken actions to help social distancing, including cancelling many events and transitioning its major universities to online classes.
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The BCCDC states that washing your hands and avoiding touching your face are among the best ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Symptoms include coughing, fever, trouble breathing, sneezing, and sore throat.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Canadians abroad to come home and said people should try to stay inside as much as possible amid the pandemic.