British Columbia’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, confirmed 40 new cases of COVID-19 across the province and one new death, bringing the total number of cases to 271.
The new death is linked to a cluster of cases at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre.
Henry also urged B.C. residents Thursday to take social and physical distancing measures more seriously.
“This is not optional,” she said. “Everybody needs to take these actions now. The importance can not be minimized.”