BC bans evictions, freezes rent in wake of COVID-19

FILE- Dr. Henry said Tuesday the recorded number of coronavirus cases in B.C. is now 617

There are now 11 deaths associated with that single outbreak, out of a total 14 in B.C. and 36 across the country.

Dix and Henry said: "We are very pleased to report that 28% of cases, or 173 individuals, have now recovered and are no longer in isolation".

She says they have plans in place to manage and protect those living in the community, including how to help them isolate and care for those who are ill.

Outbreaks at a growing number of long-term care homes in the Lower Mainland have led to COVID-19 diagnoses for 55 health-care workers to date.

Go here for the latest information on the province's COVID-19 support. "I know this is incredibly challenging, particularly when it's our loved one who's in one of these facilities, and I know staff are going out of their way to try to find ways to keep you connected with your loved ones, and we will continue to do that".

Robinson also said landlords will have the power to restrict the use of common areas in buildings, bar visitors from buildings, and restrict how many people can be in a shared space - like a laundry room - at once. "I feel a little bit more secure with a provincewide rental freeze", she said, since City of Vancouver rules don't apply to where she and her family live at UBC.

He said the suspension on current and future evictions will stay in place during the province's state of emergency order.

Regarding maintaining physical distance, Henry said the provincial ban on gatherings of more than 50 people is not a scientific limit, but a practical one.

"This is an incredible thing", said Teresa Douglas, who was facing a a $50-a-month increase May 1 in the rent for the two-bedroom townhouse she and her husband rent through student housing at the University of British Columbia.

That means delaying or cancelling in-person social engagements, including major celebrations and ceremonies.

"In the last 24 hours, we have had 78 new cases, for a total of 617 cases in British Columbia".

The B.C. Coroner is investigating the death of a North Vancouver dentist who was at a dental conference linked to a number of COVID-19 cases.

Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 330 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 194 are in the Fraser Health region, 44 are in the Vancouver Island Health region, 41 are in the Interior Health region and eight are in the Northern Heath region.

"We want to make sure that those students are supported and that their concerns are heard". Fifty-five of those people are health care workers.

As of Wednesday, there were 659 cases of coronavirus in B.C., including 42 new cases.

The next week to 10 days will be critical, she said, in determining whether COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through the B.C. population or if the containment measures have had the desired effect.



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