The province now has 472 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 13 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak.
British Columbia's provincial health officer offered support March 20 to health-care workers in the province that has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, saying there are enough supplies for them to safely do their jobs. The B.C. government is partnering with business and labour leaders to build an economic stimulus plan.
At Monday's press conference, Henry said Lynn Valley had no seen 36 residents and 19 staffers infected by the virus. The majority of patients are in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health authorities.
Henry said a staff member at a sixth facility, Vancouver's German-Canadian Care Home, has also tested positive.
"To let people know we are serious we have set $1.5 billion to plan for the province's recovery", said James. That doesn't mean you can't go outside and enjoy a walk though.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday morning he is preparing to meet with the country's premiers later today to discuss the next steps for making sure people maintain a social distance.
But Henry said most people have been obeying the rules, but she didn't rule out using the police to enforce regulations if necessary.
"We're seeing rapid changes in the workplace, we're seeing rapid changes within the North American economy and everything that that entails". "We're able to test as widely as we need to", Henry said.
"You are putting people at risk, even people in your own family", added Henry".
He said hospital bed capacity in B.C. regularly measures just above 100 per cent, but in the past week the capacity dropped to 68.6 per cent, with 3,632 available beds.
"When those new orders come in ... we want to have the tools to have a little bit of the stick, in addition to the education", said city manager Sadhu Johnston.
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says fines, business closures, and other penalties could be on the way to enforce social-distancing.