British Columbia is ordering all restaurants to stop providing dine-in services, as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 77 new cases of coronavirus Friday, bringing the total in the province up to 348.
Of that number, 200 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 95 are in Fraser Health, 30 in Island Health, 19 in Interior Health and four in the Northern Health region.
Nine people have died of COVID-19, including eight connected to the outbreak at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver. Twenty-two people are now in hospital, with 10 in intensive care. Six people have fully recovered.
“We’re now at the point where it’s irrelevant what community you’re in … We need to take measures across the province,” Henry said, while emphasizing the importance of taking extreme care before entering a long-term care home.
Friday’s announcement also confirmed a new health-care worker associated with the Dufferin Care Centre, a long-term seniors’ facility in Coquitlam, has been diagnosed with the virus. That case is now being managed as an outbreak.
The centre is the fourth long-term care facility in the region to confirm a case among a staff member or resident. The Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, Hollyburn House in West Vancouver and Haro Park Centre in Vancouver are all long-term care homes with confirmed cases among residents or staff.
Henry said about two dozen health-care workers in B.C. have now been diagnosed with coronavirus, but none have severe illness.
She also acknowledged what she called a growing angst that the health-care system won’t have enough supplies to protect health-care workers, saying everything is being done to secure the resources that are needed.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said 17,912 tests have now been done in B.C. Critical care beds in the province are now at 68.1 per cent capacity, as the health-care system works to increase the availability of supplies.
In preparation for a potential spike of cases the province cancelled elective surgeries starting Monday. Dix said acute care hospitals are now operating with 2,398 beds under occupancy, and 246 fewer cases in critical care as a result of efforts to prepare.
Earlier on Friday the City of Vancouver announced that all restaurants must stop any dine-in services by the end of Friday or face prosecution, as part of a host of new policies unveiled a day after the city declared a state of emergency.