Harry Bains said Thursday he understands the economic threat the novel coronavirus poses to businesses in B.C., but the province plans to increase the minimum wage to $14.60 per hour from $13.85.
"Like all illnesses that can be transmitted through close contact, school communities are notified as part of active public health contact tracing when someone in the school community has a confirmed case".
"This is our transition period, and we need to watch carefully and do it carefully".
She'll be providing an update next week, she said, on how far the province has come since the start of the pandemic.
Public health officially announced Friday that they are now dealing with a new community outbreak at a fruit processing plant in Abbotsford where five employees have tested positive. The facility has temporarily closed on its own accord.
Four more people have died of COVID-19 in British Columbia, health officials announced Monday, bringing the virus's death toll in the province to 161.
There are 310 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
On Friday, 41 of those cases were in hospital, eight of them in intensive care.
Of the Northern Health caseload, there were 57 people listed as recovered.
"We know this virus hasn't left and it is circulating in our community and that's why we're doing this so cautiously and thoughtfully", she said.
The public health officer's order establishing a maximum of 50 vehicles at drive-in events also stands, said Henry, adding that increasing that number would bring together more people who would likely not stay inside their vehicles.
So even though non-urgent surgeries are going ahead right now, a lot is riding on the health care system and how it could respond to the ongoing pandemic. Second, public health surveillance is working to quickly identify new cases.
"Move forward slowly", Henry said.
There have been no new health-care outbreaks in the last day.
The fast-tracking of liquor licensing was applauded by the struggling hospitality industry, which normally employs 190,000 workers, nearly all of whom were laid off because of the COVID-19 lockdown.