"This is a critical time for our first wave", she said.
"Realistically, and I've said this before, we are going to be in some form of having to monitor and prevent transmission of this virus until we have a vaccine or enough of the population is immune to it so that it's not infecting people", Henry said. "The next two weeks, we must be true to who we are in B.C., and we know that all of us, most of us are doing the right thing 100 per cent of the time".
Health Minister Adrian Dix announced additional empty acute care beds around the province, bringing the total number of available beds to over 4000, 7 of which were added to Interior Health. Ontario reported 260 new cases to bring their total to 2,000.
The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the death in the community related to COVID-19 following post-mortem testing. There are now 128 people in hospital, 61 of them in intensive care, as well as cases in 19 long-term care homes.More news: Coronavirus crisis: Australia’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 21
Henry says B.C.is also investigating its first large community outbreak, which involves temporary foreign workers at Bylands Nursery in West Kelowna.
476 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
"Nobody has sacrificed more than people who have cancelled surgeries", said Dix. However, B.C.'s top doctor said it was impossible to predict the possible reprieve until summer arrives.
"There's zero chance BC's orders will be varied in April", said Dix during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.More news: IPhone 12 5G production ramp up postponed
Dix said all health authorities will also be preparing off-site treatment centres for those who are not as ill as others to free up space in hospitals, noting that more information detailing those sites will be forthcoming.
"Interior Health became aware of a number of the workers there with respiratory illness, and a number of them have tested positive for COVID-19", Henry said.
"This is something I am very concerned about and have expressed that concern", she said. "We are of course thinking of them every day".
Henry reiterated comments made Monday that the province is entering a critical time in its campaign to contain the virus as B.C. enters a second two-week incubation period and urged the public to avoid unnecessary travel, stay at home as much as possible and stay apart when out in public. It's about how we're best able to support people.More news: COVID-19: Google cancels April Fools jokes #53622