COVID-19: Health officials to give update on B.C. cases Wednesday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 659 to date.

Henry also announced that another person who contracted the virus at the Lynn Valley Care Cenre in North Vancouver has died. There have now been 14 deaths from the disease in B.C.

However, there has been an increase at Haro Park, "where we now have 28 residents and 27 staff who have been affected".

"We have one additional long-term care home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, where one healthcare worker has been detected with COVID-19, and that is the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in Vancouver", said Henry.

In the Northern Health region, four new cases have been reported. She pointed out that cases being confirmed today actually reflect exposures that happened two to 14 days ago.

Since COVID-19 hit British Columbia, 14 people have died, while 64 are now in hospital.

Since Sunday, March 22, the province's total number of positive-tested cases has jumped by 145.

Earlier Wednesday, the federal government announced new details around its COVID-19 financial aid package, including tax deferrals for business and a new $2,000 monthly benefit for people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic. We're focusing on where it makes the most difference to the health system.