B.C. confirms 11 new novel coronavirus cases, 3 linked to North Vancouver hospital

British Columbia announced 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, three of them linked to a North Vancouver hospital.

Those three cases are all administrative workers at Lions Gate Hospital. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said an investigation is underway to determine the source of the infection.

All three workers are in isolation.

Henry said the province has also determined that people involved in the transport of goods across the U.S. border have been deemed an essential service.

She said the workers will not be subject to the 14-day isolation period Canada is requiring of international travellers entering the country.

Henry said the request for event organizers to cancel gatherings of more than 250 people will also be made mandatory, which will allow organizers to apply for insurance to cover costs.

Henry added that one of the new cases identified Friday is a close contact of a health-care worker at the Lynn Valley Care Centre who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

Five of the new cases are related to travel, she said.

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