Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Vancouver today

Apr 7 2020, 6:10 pm

Each day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

Now, we’re bringing you the top coronavirus headlines from Vancouver and across Canada all together in one place on a daily basis, to help you digest all the information and stay in the know with the biggest stories and developments.

Top COVID-19 stories for April 7 in Vancouver

Federal government working with local companies to manufacture ventilators

Early this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government is working with companies to produce up to 30,000 ventilators. During his daily address, the prime minister told Canadians he is also expecting 500,000 masks from 3M on Wednesday. Over the past weeks, Trudeau said that about 5,000 Canadian companies have volunteered to manufacture products to help fight COVID-19.

New cases, four more deaths announced in BC

Here in BC, health officials announced four more people have died from coronavirus in the province, and 25 new cases have been identified. During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the total number of recorded cases in the province now sits at 1,291, and the total number of deaths is 43. Out of the total number of cases, 138 people are in hospital, with 66 of those in intensive care; 805 people have fully recovered and are out of isolation. A bus driver in Surrey has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to TransLink.

Metro Vancouver company first in Canada for specialized mask production

A Coquitlam-based company is stepping up by shifting its production to create much-needed masks for frontline healthcare workers across the country. Novo Textiles normally creates consumer pillows, insert cushions, dog beds, and geotextiles, but it is now producing hospital equipment including wipeable medical pillows, protective bedding, and masks. Julie Zanatta, a spokesperson for the family-owned company, told Daily Hive the company will be producing up to 100,000 surgical masks per day using newly acquired machinery, with production beginning this week. They are the first company in Canada to do this.

Stanley Park closing to all vehicle traffic

The Vancouver Park Board has announced that starting this week, cars will no longer be allowed into Stanley Park. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Malcolm Bromley, General Manager of the Vancouver Park Board. Bromley says that while there are many environmental benefits from the directive, the main priority is to ensure public safety. “We’re doing it to reduce congestion in the park, to provide space on the roads within the park, and to relieve congestion on the adjacent seawalls,” he told reporters.

Looking for more information and further updates? You can view all the day’s headlines in real-time here.