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Provincial health officer tells people to stay home on long weekend

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking at a press conference March 18.
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April 11, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is reminding people to stay home during this long weekend, amid reports that BC Ferries has seen an uptick in passengers in the last few days.

Three new Interior Heath COVID-19 cases have been reported today, according to Henry. She gave her regular live-streamed press conference Saturday, April 11.

With 35 new cases in B.C. the total number of cases has reached 1,445. Henry said 905 people have recovered. There have been three new deaths in the province.

“We have been providing messages for the need to stay home. This is not the time to go travelling,” she said. “I sincerely hope that most people have avoided any unnecessary travel.”

By staying home, it avoids unnecessary strain on small communities, she said.

BC Ferries listed on its Twitter page that some sailings were listed between 70 to 90 per cent capacity from Tsawwassen to Duke Point.

“If you don’t have a reason to go, then don’t go. Stay close to home,” Henry said.

The ferries are only allowed to carry 50 per cent of their regular capacity and scheduling has been reduced, she said, adding that BC Ferries is reporting only a fraction of the traffic that the service would normally get during the long weekend.

She also addressed the recent reports coming from South Korea that some patients are testing positive for COVID-19 after testing negative.

It’s unclear if the patients who are testing positive can pass the virus along, Henry said. It’s unclear whether the people have started to shed the virus and if the virus has been reactivated or if the tests are accurate, she said.

This story was updated April 11, at 3 p.m.


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