Published: Fri, March 27, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Province to provide rent subsidies, suspend evictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Province to provide rent subsidies, suspend evictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

People who ignore public health orders, including a ban on large gatherings, can now be fined upwards of $25,000.

Horgan added the province will try to get the rent relief into the hands of those in need as soon as possible, but could not commit to a date.

Henry has ordered that health-care workers be restricted to working at a single care home so that they don't spread the virus between homes.

Of the 14 COVID-19 deaths in B.C., 12 have been linked to long-term care homes, including 11 from an outbreak at North Vancouver's Lynn Valley Care Centre and one from Vancouver's Haro Park Centre.

A total of 186 people have now recovered from their illnesses.

64 people are now hospitalized and 43 people have recovered from the virus.

The couple was also concerned what would happen if their work dried up and they couldn't pay at all for the place where they and their two children live. On Thursday, Henry said there had been no new outbreaks at such facilities, but a few new cases had been confirmed.

"We assume that they have this disease and we manage it accordingly ... that way we can break those chains of infection", she said. "We're still in the incubation period from when we first started putting in these measures".

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Henry said the province has had additional equipment on order "for some time".

She continued to stress the message that British Columbians need to do their part to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by following public health orders to stay home and not gather in groups.

"This is an incredible thing", said Teresa Douglas, who was facing a a $50-a-month increase May 1 in the rent for the two-bedroom townhouse she and her husband rent through student housing at the University of British Columbia.

There will be hard times ahead for British Columbians, said Dix, and people need to follow the health guidelines put in place to help flatten the curve of coronavirus cases. That includes for celebrations and ceremonies, which Henry said are important to acknowledge, but should be acknowledged online rather than in person. Physical distancing is something all of us need to take seriously right now.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 42 new positives today, bringing the grand total to 659.

Of the hundreds of ongoing COVID-19 cases in B.C., 64 patients are now in hospital, including 26 who are in intensive care.

As of March 26, Dix says that the province has 3,903 total beds vacant in the acute care system, with 371 vacant critical care beds.

Dix said the province's 811 health line answered 5,050 calls yesterday, with the average wait time being just over five minutes.

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