March 20 COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020 | News, COVID-19

During her daily update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the following update

  • There are 77 new cases for a total of 348 cases in BC.
  • In total, six people have now made a full recovery.
  • A case has been reported at another long-term care home, Dufferin Care Centre.
  • While a number of health care workers have been infected, none of their illnesses have been severe.
  • Henry recognizes the concerns around Personal Protective Equipment shortages
    • Ministry of Health has been working on this across the province and country and says we do have the supplies we need right.
    • Henry says she is personally committed to ensuring the government does everything it can to protect the health care workers in the province.
  • Restaurants must move to take out and delivery only.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also addressed the country. Here is what he had to say.

  • The government is working to get Canadians abroad home, first flights go out this weekend.
  • US borders closing for non-essential travel (recreation and tourism) at midnight tonight.
  • Migrants attempting to cross the border will be returned to their country.
  • New strategy Canada will implement to allow companies to produce products to fight COVID-19
    • Working with Autoparts manufactures to produce PPE
    • Reaching an agreement with Thornhill Medical, Medicom, and Spartan Bioscience
  • Government creating procurement strategies for companies to get these products for COVID-19
  • If you own a business and want to help, reach out to the government
  • These challenging times are proof that Canadians are kind, compassionate, and strong.