As of the latest numbers released March 25, there are a total of 659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. The cases span all B.C. health regions: Vancouver Coastal (339), Fraser Health (218), Island Health (47), Interior Health (46) and Northern Health (9).
There are 500,000 renters in B.C. and all, technically, may want to access the program but Horgan encouraged only those who need it to access it.
Dr. Henry says she also has concerns about a possible spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
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.
"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", Horgan said.
More equipment is on order, she said, as the province look at others ways to procure the gear.
"We are putting in place measures now to try and control that and be more efficient and effective in how we are using PPE", she told reporters.
"In the first reporting period through March 23, 2020, we had 67 new cases, for a total of 539 cases in British Columbia".
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They recommended insisting on valid reasons describing the degree of importance of the medical visits. Under the reviewed lockdown restrictions, funerals may be attended by 20 people only.
"We are actively looking at getting as much as we can", said Henry, who also mentioned using alternate supplies, but did not elaborate.
On personal protective equipment, Henry said the province is in "a critical phase".
Ideally, no one should be gathering in close proximity with people they don't live with right now, the provincial health officer said.
There was an additional death, bringing the total to 14.
As an elder, however, I am very concerned that Vancouver Coastal Health is refusing to release‚ the actual number of COVID 19 cases in Squamish (actual and presumptive) as well as in locations.
That includes for celebrations and ceremonies, which Henry said are important to acknowledge, but should be acknowledged online rather than in person.
Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday a rental supplement, as well as a rent freeze and suspension of current and future evictions in B.C. during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Fifty-five of those people are health care workers.
Earlier Wednesday, the federal government announced new details around its COVID-19 financial aid package, including tax deferrals for business and a new $2,000 monthly benefit for people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic. But landlords are restricted from entering people's homes, unless there is a significant threat to people or property.