B.C.'s Dr. Bonnie Henry reports 77 new COVID-19 cases and orders all B.C. restaurants to end dine-in service

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      While B.C. didn’t report any new deaths today, a new case has been confirmed at a fourth longterm care facility in Metro Vancouver.

      Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, stated that there are 77 new cases, increasing the provincial total to 348 people.

      Of these cases, 200 in Vancouver Coastal Health region, 95 in Fraser Health region, 30 on Vancouver Island, 19 in Interior Health region, and four in the Northern Health region.

      There are 22 cases in hospital (up from 17 yesterday), with 10 in intensive care units (one more than yesterday).

      Meanwhile, a total of six individuals have recovered.

      No new deaths were announced today.

      However, a new case of an infected healthcare worker has been identified at the Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam, which is now being managed as an outbreak location.

      This is the fourth longterm care home in Metro Vancouver, after North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, West Vancouver’s Hollyburn House, and Vancouver’s Haro Park Centre.

      As the City of Vancouver also declared today, Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered all B.C. restaurants to end dine-in service and shift to takeout and delivery only, in order to ensure social distancing is practiced throughout the province.

      More information about COVID-19 is available at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website, and an online self-assessment tool is also available.

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