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.
"It's heartening to me ... that we're not seeing dramatic increases and doubling in a day, or two days, or three days of hospitalized cases", Henry said.
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.
Horgan said the province is assuming its rental supplement will see 100% pick-up, and that the province is then "working back from there" on the understanding that not everyone will need it.
"The 'burn rate, ' as we call it, is much higher than we would have expected", she said.More news: Joe Biden Cool To Idea Of Another Debate With Bernie Sanders
"We are putting in place measures now to try and control that and be more efficient and effective in how we are using PPE", she told reporters.
The province is halting the enforcement of existing eviction notices issued by the Residential Tenancy Branch, except in "extreme cases where there are safety concerns", Robinson said.
"An order is in place prohibiting gatherings larger than 50 people".
"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.
Overall the province says it has done close to 30,000 tests. That includes for celebrations and ceremonies, which Henry said are important to acknowledge, but should be acknowledged online rather than in person.More news: Elton John to host coronavirus benefit concert with Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish
At Haro Park Centre, where the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 18, there were 15 confirmed cases among residents and 25 among health-care workers on Tuesday.
None of the nine care homes identified as having a COVID-19 outbreak are in the Central Okanagan, or anywhere in the region served by Interior Health.
"In the last 24 hours, we have had 78 new cases, for a total of 617 cases in British Columbia. Together, we can make a difference". "In addition, students are also much more likely to work in the service and hospitality industries, where there are major layoffs across the board", reads the letter.
"For the most part, if you have a mild illness and it can be managed at home and you're in isolation and you're not going to pass it on to others, you may or may not be tested depending on whether there's a cluster that's detected around you in particular", Henry said.
The temporary relief package announced Wednesday will provide eligible B.C. renters a supplement of up to $500 a month, for those whose jobs have vanished or are curtailed as a result of nationwide restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.More news: Idris Elba Combats Cardi B-Led Coronavirus Theory