Henry said the number of cases has sharply increased this week as the province works through a backlog of tests, adding that the date new cases are announced does not reflect when those people became sick.
In a press conference on Friday afternoon, the pair announced 77 new cases across the B.C. today, for a total of 348 confirmed cases of the virus in the province.
The person who died was a resident of the Lynn Valley Care Home in North Vancouver.
There is also a Public Health Order to all licensed long-term care homes, which prohibits staff and volunteers from working at more than one health facility.
Among the infected so far have been two dozen health care workers, Henry said, noting that their symptoms have been mild and none have had severe illness, although some have been very briefly hospitalized.
Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update on COVID-19 to the media.
"I want to say this directly to doctors, to nurses, to care aides, to those who keep our hospitals clean and safe, to food-support workers and everyone else on the front line: We are grateful, we are enormously grateful for all your efforts". Restaurants must move to delivery or take-out options only, or close. These orders are our obligation to adhere to, at all levels, from schools and rec facilities to bars and restaurants.
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"I know there's been a lot of concern and a lot of angst that we're not going to have the supplies that we need to protect our health care workers across the spectrum, whether it's pre-hospital care, in home care, whether it's our community physicians or our long term care homes", said Henry.
"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 200 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 95 are in the Fraser Health region, 30 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 19 are in the Interior Health region and four are in the Northern Heath region".
Orders can be enforced in the province using "peace officers", Henry said.
"My message to all retailers who remain open is this: Now is the time to take aggressive action (and) do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19".
"If and when we flatten this curve, we'll be changing our testing strategy again, as we try and decrease the community cases with all of those (social distancing) measures.then we need to start widely testing again to make sure we're not getting more introductions".
When necessary, the number of customers allowed in stores will also be limited to maintain self-distancing.