COVID cases in Lynn Valley care home continue to climb

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Shortage of COVID-19 protective gear at hospitals, care homes

Another resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre has died from the coronavirus, said Henry, but no new cases have been identifed there.

"Most of the other health-care workers who have tested positive were infected in the community", she said.

The next week to 10 days will be critical, she said, in determining whether COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through the B.C. population or if the containment measures have had the desired effect.

"I mean it does draw attention again to the fragility of our long term care facilities", Henry said.

"We are a generation behind, we know there are people who have been exposed", she said.

Lynn Valley was the first of now nine care homes where the virus has been identified in B.C. On Wednesday, Henry announced the ninth outbreak: A case discovered in a health-care worker at Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in Vancouver.

Henry said she is also concerned by the dramatic increase in the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves in hospitals over the past week due to the rise in hospitalizations.

However, there has been an increase at Haro Park, "where we now have 28 residents and 27 staff who have been affected".

Premier John Horgan has announced a number of temporary measures to help renters in British Columbia.

Overall the province says it has done close to 30,000 tests.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson confirmed that the funds are meant to help low- and middle-income renters who have seen a "significant reduction" in income directly related to the spread of COVID-19, such as reduced hours or layoffs.

"In the last 24 hours, we have had 78 new cases, for a total of 617 cases in British Columbia".

Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health make up almost 85 percent of all the cases in the province, while Island Health has reported 44 cases.

Henry also elaborated on her order banning gatherings of 50 or more people, warning that "smaller is better" and encouraging people to instead connect virtually online. "Together, we can make a difference". "In addition, students are also much more likely to work in the service and hospitality industries, where there are major layoffs across the board", reads the letter.

When outside the home, keep two metres away from other people.

The B.C. Government is bringing in a moratorium on the eviction of renters during the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to a $500 renters supplement for landlords.

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.

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