Asked if she has an estimate in mind for how many cases there are in B.C. overall - including those that have not been confirmed through testing - Henry acknowledged that she does, but said it changes regularly and she's hesitant to share it without providing proper context.
"We don't want people to think they might lose that home as a result of this pandemic", he said today.
She said another long-term care home, Broadway Pentecostal Lodge, had been struck by the virus by Wednesday, making it the seventh such facility with coronavirus cases.
The province also announced that it is freezing rent increases that would have been allowed April 1 and is halting evictions except in cases where there's a need to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to a property, including those where the Residential Tenancy Branch has already issued notices.
British Columbia's provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 42 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the province Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 659 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
In an effort to halt the spread of the virus, many businesses have been ordered closed, leaving people across B.C. suddenly without work and scrambling to make ends meet during the health crisis.
Premier John Horgan has announced a number of temporary measures to help renters in British Columbia.
Premier John Horgan, seen here at Legislature in Victoria on February 23, 2020, said now is not the time for people to lose the security of a roof over their head.
In terms of the other care homes that have been dealing with outbreaks, Henry said there are no new cases at the Lynn Valley Care Centre, but it is where the most recent death has occurred. Everyone who died was older than 70.
Staff at facilities with an outbreak are restricted from working at another facility - a move Henry said she is working to expand to the entire senior-care sector.
She said strong protective measures have been implemented at the homes and an order is coming to bar the practice of care home workers taking shifts in several different facilities. "The burn rate is much higher than expected", she said.
In a Facebook post, Meghan Desnoyer said there was a "critical shortage of personal protective equipment - masks, gowns, face shields, and sanitizers" and appealed for donations of such items. We have had a number of supplies on order for some time.
That includes for celebrations and ceremonies, which Henry said are important to acknowledge, but should be acknowledged online rather than in person. Celebrations and ceremonies need to be postponed. "Small groups, even two or three can sometimes be that transmission point".