While just 22 people are now hospitalized in B.C. due to COVID-19, the government is preparing for much higher rates of hospitalization. Nine people have died from the virus, eight of whom were residents of North Vancouver's Lynn Valley Care Centre.
Henry and Dix said there were 76 new confirmed cases for a total of 424 in the province.
Henry's order to close all personal service businesses in the province includes nail salons, tattoo parlours, barbershops, beauty parlours, health spas and massage parlours, but also other services that require workers to make direct, personal contact with other people.
7-Eleven Canada said on Friday that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at its Ladysmith store, and suggests with a sign posted on the door that customers from March 5-11 monitor how they are feeling.
There are 30 cases on Vancouver Island, two-hundred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and 95 in the Fraser Health region.
Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, 10 of them in intensive care.
Dix said there have been 17,912 COVID-19 tests completed in B.C.as of Friday. Six people have fully recovered.
Dix reiterated the importance of "flattening the curve", or slowing the community transmission of the virus, to allow the healthcare system a chance at handling the expected spike in cases.
"I believe the measures we are asking for equate to that", said Henry.
During her daily coronavirus update, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, told her fellow health workers she was looking at how to protect them from being infected and making sure they receive the support they need to do their jobs.
For example, said Dix, it's an order that anyone who has travelled internationally must stay home for 14 days, and the closure of bars and restaurants except for take-out or delivery is an order, as are the closure of personal service establishments and the ban on gatherings over 50 people.
At their news conference, they said that given the challenges social distancing presents for restaurants all dine-in food services are now prohibited.
Henry says labs have been working through a backlog of tests results, which should be resolved by early next week. "It needs to be 100 per cent".
"There are still some problems and there [are] still some concerns, and we are being made aware of those, particularly groups of young people", Henry said.