9 new coronavirus cases announced in B.C., majority at North Vancouver care home

British Columbia has announced nine new cases of novel coronavirus in the province, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 73.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said one of those new cases is in the Interior Health area, marking the region’s second case. She said that case is still presumptive, but added it is expected to be confirmed.

She said that case is related to travel to “a number of places within Europe,” most recently Portugal.

Another one of the cases is in the Fraser Health region, while the remaining seven are in the Vancouver Coastal Health area.

Henry said the majority of the cases announced Saturday are related to the outbreak at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, where four residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

The second Vancouver-area care home under an outbreak protocol, Hollyburn House in West Vancouver, continues to have one resident and one staff member testing positive. Cases at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver are also remaining steady at three staff members, who were confirmed to have tested positive Friday.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix have been holding daily briefings since Monday as the number of cases in British Columbia continue to climb.

Friday saw the province’s highest single-day increase: 11 new cases were announced.

Henry announced Friday she is seeking to formally ban gatherings of more than 250 people as part of the province’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

She said issuing an official order banning mass gatherings will allow organizers to recoup costs through insurance.

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