Premier John Horgan has announced that a committee of deputy ministers, reporting directly to a new cabinet committee chaired by himself and Health Minster Adrian Dix, will oversee implementation of a Pandemic Provincial Co-ordination Plan in response to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. "We will continue to support them remotely".
Dr. Bonnie Henry also says that for the first time, one of the new patients did not travel to a country where the COVID-19 outbreak is taking place and had no contact with someone who has.
"Fraser Health is following up with a small number of close contacts who are also in isolation today and will be actively monitored for the next few weeks", Henry told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. The student affected was visited by their father, who tested positive for COVID-19 after an overseas trip, the university said. The situation is globally challenging and changing on a day-by-day basis, she said.
The warning says that travel restrictions imposed to control the spread of the new coronavirus are making it increasingly hard to leave Iran. "Global travel can be very challenging right now".
When it comes to preparing for a larger outbreak, Hajdu said the federal government is working to ensure there will be "adequate personal protective equipment for front-line workers".
"We're trying to determine where her exposure came from", said Henry. "If you're going to seek medical care, if you need to be out when you're sick, then putting a mask on keeps your droplets in and protects others from you".
Conservative health critic Matt Jeneroux said the government should consider steps to contain the virus, such as more vigorous screening processes for people entering Canada, mandatory quarantines for those arriving from high-risk countries and suspension of incoming and outgoing flights from high-risk areas.
They added that it's very important to stay home and away from others if you or members of your family are sick.
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"The best thing we can all do right now is to just take precautions".
The committee is to meet regularly to ensure government leadership, coordination, and preparedness for a response to the health and economic impacts of the virus.
The traditional public-health approach relies on finding cases by interviewing someone who is infected and tracing those they've been in close contact with.
"If we can delay community transmission beyond the typical flu season we can provide some slack in the healthcare system".
Protecting Population. Actions would include increasing testing capacity and expanding communication with at-risk groups. These are the normal preparations when someone in your family is ill.
He said the province is prepared to work with institutions and businesses to help them manage "a sustained three to four month outbreak".
U.S. President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter Thursday that U.S. border restrictions, which includes a travel ban on any foreign national who has travelled to Iran, are the reason U.S. illnesses and deaths related to COVID-19 has remained low.