Published: Mon, March 23, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

B.C. government announces $5B relief plan amid COVID-19 outbreak

B.C. government announces $5B relief plan amid COVID-19 outbreak

Six people who were previously infected with the virus have now recovered and the remaining patients are at home in isolation.

While the province stopped short of ordering all people to stop going outside, Henry said all long-term care workers will now be screened when reporting for work every day.

Most of the people who have died of the disease in the province were residents of long-term care facilities, including the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver and the Haro Park Centre Society in Vancouver.

The province's total stands at 472 cases and 13 deaths, as of Monday.

At Monday's press conference, Henry said Lynn Valley had no seen 36 residents and 19 staffers infected by the virus.

Retired nurses and doctors are providing relief where needed and the elimination of elective surgeries has also freed up more health-care workers, she said, adding health workers are dedicated to challenging jobs as the virus spreads.

Henry said a staff member at a sixth facility, Vancouver's German-Canadian Care Home, has also tested positive.

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Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says fines, business closures, and other penalties could be on the way to enforce social-distancing.

"The latest numbers continue to demonstrate that despite the extraordinary efforts of federal, provincial and local governments, we are one of the hardest hit regions in the country", Stewart said.

Around the province there have been 248 confirmed cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 150 in the Fraser Health region, 39 in the Island Health region, 30 in the Interior Health region and five in the Northern Health region.

The provincial government ordered all bars and nightclubs to close earlier this week.

The premier announced a plan Monday that included $2.8 billion for people and services, and $2.2 billion on what he called "businesses and recovery".

British Columbia has recorded three new deaths from the novel coronavirus, along with 48 new cases since Saturday.

All told, the province has done 18,000 COVID-19 tests and has now resolved nearly all of the testing backlog.

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