9 new coronavirus detected in B.C., bringing total to 73

Two coronavirus cases one resident and one worker have been confirmed at Hollyburn House care centre in West Vancouver

Two coronavirus cases one resident and one worker have been confirmed at Hollyburn House care centre in West Vancouver

On Thursday, health minister Adrian Dix announced that Canadian residents will be asked to abstain from all non-essential worldwide travel, including trips to the US.

Henry also appealed to employers on Friday not to ask employees to go to their doctors for notes that say it's safe to return to work after 14 days.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said there are seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in B.C.to 53.

He called on Trudeau to make it easier for workers who wouldn't normally qualify for employment insurance protections to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or want to exercise social distancing to prevent its spread.

Of the new cases Saturday, one of them was tied to travel to Portugal.

The first death from coronavirus in Canada occurred on March 8 when a man in his 80s, who had underlying health problems, died at Lynn Valley Care Centre.

"Go outdoors and take advantage of the time and space that we have ... do it in small groups", she said.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix said it goes without saying that he's "extremely concerned" about the situation at the care home, given that residents are older and have underlying health conditions, putting them more at risk of dying from coronavirus.

Previously, Henry had said two staff members at Hollyburn House had tested positive, but one of them is actually an employee at the Lynn Valley Care Centre. "The risk has increased all around us, I would say, and our understanding of the situation has also changed".

Of B.C.'s 64 confirmed cases, 39 are in VCH, 23 in the Fraser Health Authority, one in the Island Health region and one in Interior Health.

"We can do things to stop the spread of this virus in our communities", Henry said.

Henry said the volume of testing has gone up in a short period of time, putting pressure on some labs. "It's still very safe today in B.C. - all across B.C. - to go out, to go shopping, to go to restaurants". Officials are still working to determine where and how he contracted the virus. They should only seek out health-care services if their sickness progresses, she said. It's most important to test people who are in hospital or long term care homes, health care workers, or people connected to ongoing outbreaks.

Henry also said event organizers are being told to cancel all gatherings of 250 people or more, though officials are not asking schools in the province to close.

Henry said there may be more cases at the care centre that arise in the coming days.

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