Coronavirus Canada updates: No new cases among LTC residents in British Columbia

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Coronavirus Canada updates: No new cases among LTC residents in British Columbia
Coronavirus Canada updates: No new cases among LTC residents in British Columbia

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was “happy” to report that no new cases were found among residents of long-term care facilities over the last day, as the total remains at 330 residents.

There are still 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities, and two acute-care units that have active outbreaks. At those facilities, there are 540 cases, which includes 210 staff.

Unfortunately, Henry announced two more fatalities on Saturday, both residents of long-term care homes in Fraser Health, to increase British Columbia’s death toll to 157.

Ten more cases were also identified in the past 24 hours, raising the province’s total to 2,517.

There are now 303 active cases, since 2,057 people have recovered from the virus (an increase of 15 since Friday’s update). Thirty-nine patients are in hospital (down by two), while there remains eight in intensive care.

Henry announced a new outbreak at the Nature’s Touch frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford, where five people have tested positive. The facility is working with Fraser Health to make sure all necessary precautions are in place. Nature’s Touch has decided to close the plant over the weekend.

Henry also said an additional case has been identified in a correctional facility staff member in connection to the Mountain and Matsqui institutions. The Mountain outbreak, in Agassiz, is believed to have started after one inmate was transferred to the facility from Matsqui, in Abbotsford.

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