Coronavirus Canada updates: British Columbia announces outbreak at second poultry plant

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Coronavirus Canada updates: British Columbia announces outbreak at second poultry plant
Coronavirus Canada updates: British Columbia announces outbreak at second poultry plant

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced one new community outbreak at the Superior Poultry Plant in Coquitlam, after two employees tested positive.

It’s a sister-plant of United Poultry Company Ltd. facility in East Vancouver, where 29 cases have been identified over the past week.

Henry believes that the reason for transmission at Superior is workers moving between both facilities.

The two employees are among the 29 new cases that Henry announced on Thursday, increasing the province’s case count to 1,824, which includes 1,092 recoveries. Four more people have also died; three in Vancouver Coastal and one in Fraser Health, increasing the provincial death toll to 94.

Henry announced there is one more long-term care centre in Interior Health with a COVID-19 outbreak. Two new outbreaks have been identified in acute care units: Ridge Meadows and Lions Gate Hospitals, but the reason for transmission has not yet been identified.

In positive news, Henry announced outbreaks in 10 long-term care homes in B.C. have been resolved, since no new cases were identified over the course of two incubation periods.

There are 347 cases — 217 residents and 130 staff members — among people in long-term care, assisted living and acute care facilities.

There are still 44 people in intensive care in British Columbia. They are among the 103 people in hospital, which is the same number as yesterday, and down from the province’s peak of 149.

Henry said there are now 78 cases among inmates and staff at the medium security correctional facility in Mission, B.C., up by one since yesterday’s update.

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