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B.C. has 46 COVID-19 cases, including two more staff infected at care home

Premier John Horgan, centre, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, left, and Health Minister Adrian Dix take part in a conference call with B.C. faith leaders about COVID-19 in Victoria on Wednesday March 11, 2020.
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March 11, 2020 - 4:41 PM

VICTORIA - British Columbia now has 46 cases of COVID-19, including its first one on Vancouver Island.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says seven of the newly diagnosed people include two workers at a long-term care home where four other employees have been infected.

The North Vancouver facility is also where a man in his 80s died earlier this week.

Henry says three of the new cases are linked to Egypt and include a visitor in his 70s whose relatives in the Fraser Valley are now also in isolation.

She says the province will put more focus on enhancing prevention of the novel coronavirus at long-term care facilities to protect vulnerable elderly people and staff.

Henry says more screening of employees and visitors will be done at the facilities, which will be off limits to groups of visitors.

Earlier, Premier John Horgan held a conference call with faith leaders from different denominations to discuss the outbreak with Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Horgan says he wants faith leaders to be as up-to-date as possible about the government's efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirius and keep people in British Columbia safe as they are often turned to for comfort, aid and advice.

Horgan says Henry will provide the leaders with details about the virus and how best to fight the disease.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 11, 2020.

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