B.C. officials providing update on visits to long-term care homes during pandemic

Health officials in B.C. are providing an update Tuesday on visits to long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, months after visits were restricted across the province.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to speak from Victoria at noon PT.

Visitors have been banned from care homes since mid-March, after health officials declared an outbreak of COVID-19 inside the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

Last week, Henry said the government was working on how to safely allow loved ones inside care homes for family visits.

B.C. seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie has also called for the easing of restrictions for visits to long-term care homes in the province, for the sake of residents’ mental health.

Long-term care homes have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic and new outbreaks continue to happen, but experts say B.C. has fared better than other provinces like Ontario and Quebec in slowing the spread of the virus inside the facilities.

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