Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. rises to 472

Number of COVID-19 cases in B.C. rises to 472

Vancouver Coastal Health says it's working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to respond to COVID-19.

$1.5 billion of the plan is set aside for a future economic recovery plan to be formulated between the province, busineses and labour.

"Two were related to long term care [homes] and one was an elderly person in the community not related to the dental conference that I'm aware of", she said.

His government's priority now is to introduce corrective measures to support the province's economy, and on addressing businesses' and families' cash flow concerns.

She said student loan payments will be paused until Sept. 30 and businesses can delay filing taxes until the end of September.

Filing and payment deadlines for the provincial sales tax (PST), municipal and regional district tax, tobacco tax, motor fuel tax and carbon tax have also been extended to September 30. It said existing registered volunteers providing these services can continue to do so. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC) customers will be able to renew their policies online.

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The B.C. assistance package backstops the federal plan announced March 18 by Prime Minister Trudeau, which promises to support individual Canadians and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said further policies will be put in place at long-term care homes across the province. She didn't rule out that policing authorities might have to step in in some cases, but said for the most part people are doing the right thing. "It's going to have to evolve as the situation evolves".

Later today, B.C.'s legislature will convene to address two pieces of legislation, including amendments to employment standards legislation to ensure workers can not lose their job due to self-isolation, or because they are caring for a loved one. This followed a large arrival of testing supplies to the province.

The updated totals now sit at 472 confirmed cases in the province, with 33 cases of the virus being treated in hospital and 13 deaths.

Last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced that a "significant number" of new cases in BC were linked to the conference, and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) asked anyone who attended to immediately self-isolate.

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