Vancouver's Haro Park Centre COVID-19 cases spike to 55

Rental homes- TLE Property

Rental homes- TLE Property

She reported 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 659 in the province, up from 231 one week ago. A total of 183 people have fully recovered from the disease.

Since COVID-19 hit British Columbia, 14 people have died, while 64 are now in hospital.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that if (people) are sick or self-isolating, or if they have had their hours cut back or they were laid off that they would not be fearful of losing their home", B.C. Premier John Horgan said.

Also Wednesday, the B.C. government announced supports for renters during the pandemic, including a supplement worth up to $500 available through B.C. Housing for the next four months, paid directly to landlords when a tenant can not pay rent.

The province also announced that it is freezing rent increases that would have been allowed April 1 and is halting evictions except in cases where there's a need to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to a property, including those where the Residential Tenancy Branch has already issued notices.

"It is the maximum, but we know smaller is better", she said.

"Many students are ineligible for EI, finding it hard to get summer jobs + full-time jobs for new grads during COVID ... we need to make sure students, both domestic and global, are able to access the financial support", the AMS wrote.

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Henry also announced that another person who contracted the virus at the Lynn Valley Care Cenre in North Vancouver has died.

Ideally, no one should be gathering in close proximity with people they don't live with right now, the provincial health officer said.

At Haro Park Centre, where the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 18, there were 15 confirmed cases among residents and 25 among health-care workers on Tuesday.

At the Hollyburn, Delta View, and Dufferin, Little Mountain, and Evergreen Heights care homes, there has been "no change in the number of residents or staff affected", said Henry. "This is something that is required to protect people", she said. Public health officials are providing staff support to implement outbreak protocols.

On personal protective equipment, Henry said the province is in "a critical phase". "This happened quite quickly". He also said more supplies have been ordered and were expected to arrive shortly.

Horgan said he doesn't want people to fear losing their homes, which "should be a place of comfort and security".

"We must remind ourselves that the virus can spread with minimal symptoms and that is why physical distancing, especially staying away from people at higher risk, is so critically important at this time".

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