Coronavirus Canada updates: B.C. reports 11 new cases, declares one of its earliest outbreaks over

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Saturday that an outbreak at Haro Park long-term care home has been declared over.

Haro Park was among the earliest COVID-19 outbreaks in a facility of its kind in British Columbia, with restrictions imposed March 18. According to Global News, the long-term care home recorded 89 cases and 13 deaths due to the virus throughout the pandemic.

As of Saturday, it’s been COVID-19 free for at least 28 days, which is the standard requirement to declare an outbreak over in B.C.

“We know that residents were severely impacted by COVID-19 very early on in our pandemic, so this is very good news and I’m relieved,” said Henry. “I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all of the care teams at Haro Park. It was a very challenging time, when we knew very little about this virus early on.”

The Evergreen House long-term care home’s outbreak has also been declared over, after restrictions were initially imposed in early-May. With no new breakouts reported in the past 24 hours, there are now 13 long-term care or assisted living facilities and one acute-care unit that have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

On Saturday, Henry also announced 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, increasing its total to 2,573.

For the second day in a row, British Columbia has not recorded a victim related to the respiratory virus.

Among its total cases are 2,181 people who have recovered from COVID-19, up by 11 since Friday. Of the 228 active cases, there are 35 individuals in hospital (up by one), which includes five in intensive care (down by one).

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