BC announces 11 new cases of coronavirus in the province

Mar 13 2020, 3:49 pm

After Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed three cases of COVID-19 at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver on Friday morning, BC Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry said on Friday afternoon that those three are part of 11 new cases in the province.

Friday’s count brings the total number of cases in BC to 64, and all of the cases announced today are from the Vancouver Coastal Health Region.

In addition to the three announced at Lions Gate Hospital this morning, Henry said an additional case has been identified from the Lynn Valley Care Home – where two residents contracted the virus and one passed away as a result – while five of the other cases are travel-related –in this case, Iran, Egypt (including a cruise on The Nile), the Philippines, and Mexico.”

Henry said the travel-related cases”are a reflection of what we’ve discussed – the increasing risk in countries around the world.”

Two of the cases are still under investigation, and “I don’t have details on them yet,” said Henry.

Yesterday, BC health officials advised citizens to avoid all non-essential international travel, including trips to the US. People who do travel will need to stay home from work or school for 14 days after returning from their trip.

“That means no quarts of milk in Bellingham,” Health Minister Adrian Dix told reporters Thursday. “No trips to Paris, or Berlin, or Boise.”

The province also asked event organizers to cancel all gatherings for more than 250 people in the coming weeks.

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.