Her orders for people to physically distance themselves, self-isolate and wash their hands frequently are aimed at keeping the virus from spreading, she said, adding next week's patient numbers could start showing success. Everyone who has died was over 70 years of age.
Earlier Wednesday, the federal government announced new details around its COVID-19 financial aid package, including tax deferrals for business and a new $2,000 monthly benefit for people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic.
While there's less of a jump in the number of reported cases, Henry said that's not a sign the outbreak in B.C.is slowing down.
British Columbia has cleared hospital space for nearly 4,000 possible COVID-19 patients, but potential shortages of personal protective equipment for health workers has become "our wicked problem", provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.
As the incubation period of COVID-19 can be up to two weeks, many of those infected people would not yet be feeling ill, let alone have had coronavirus testing, Henry said.More news: Bill de Blasio: Without more ventilators this week, we'll lose savable lives
But some of the people who were exposed before the social distancing measures were ordered will develop the disease in the next week to 10 days, Henry said.
"We are still in the waiting and watching phase", Henry said.
However, a ninth long-term care home, the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in Vancouver, has reported a case of the illness, and cases at the Haro Park Centre, also in Vancouver, have increased, as 27 staff members and 28 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
"So we are coming up with a provincial, central strategy that provides a consistent approach to all facilities across the province focusing on the Lower Mainland right now", she said Wednesday.
Infections among health-care workers at long-term facilities are also on the rise, with 55 testing positive as of Wednesday.More news: Christchurch shooting: Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to attacks in New Zealand
She said health officials are considering stockpiling, reusing and searching globally for more protective equipment.
Testing nevertheless remains marred by production and orders of test equipment, said Henry this week.
"We will get through this".
Henry also reminded everyone about the importance of not gathering in large groups.
"While the emergency order is in place here in British Columbia, B.C.is suspending current and future evictions until this crisis has passed", Horgan adds. That includes for celebrations and ceremonies, which Henry said are important to acknowledge, but should be acknowledged online rather than in person.More news: Half-Life: Alyx scores - our roundup of the critics