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11 new COVID-19 deaths in B.C.

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 at 6:58 pm PDT

FILE - B.C. announced 11 more COVID-19 deaths in B.C. on Monday, April 13, 2020. (NEWS 1130)
Summary

The new deaths bring the provincial total to 69, while another 45 new cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded

So far 905 people have recovered, a rate of 60 per cent -- a slight drop since last week

A nursery in the Interior now has 20 cases of coronavirus

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Eleven more people, mostly seniors, have died in B.C. from COVID-19 since Saturday, B.C.’s provincial health officer confirmed Monday.

Seven of those occurred since Sunday — the largest single day total yet.

The new deaths bring the provincial total to 69, while another 45 new cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded, for a total of 1,490.

Of those, 905 have recovered, a rate of 60 per cent — a slight drop since last week.

Another 137 people remain hospitalized, with 58 in intensive care.

“Our hearts go out to the families and the caregivers of the people who have passed away over the last few months,” PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

The province plans to address coronavirus modelling numbers on Friday.

Henry said the number of care homes experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks remains at 20, with 97 of 254 positive cases being workers at those facilities. The majority of deaths in B.C. continue to be linked to long-term care homes, she added.

Henry also addressed the outbreak at the Mission Institution, where eight of 41 infected inmates have been hospitalized. Six correctional officers there have also tested positive, as of Monday.

“The outbreak continues to grow at that facility,” Henry said. “Our priority, of course, is to protect all of those who are in that facility, but ensure that British Columbians are protected, as well.”

She added transmission of COVID-19 occurred before the outbreak was recognized.

“We are now seeing people who were exposed over the previous two weeks developing symptoms.”

The single case of an inmate at the Okanagan Correction Centre remains under observation, with testing and surveillance ongoing.

Henry said an outbreak involving temporary foreign workers at Bylands Nurseries, a tree nursery in West Kelowna, has one additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total there to 20. All workers are all in quarantine.

Since travel restrictions were implemented, 13 people coming to B.C. have required accommodations because they weren’t able to provide a self-isolation plan when they arrived, Henry said. She added another 207 people who had plans have been contacted to make sure they have what they need.

Henry also thanked Alberta, which shared 250,000 N95 respirator masks, and others for donations of medical supplies. She said B.C.has enough personal protective equipment now to meet current demands.

“But we are not out of the clear yet,” she said.

Regarding non-essential travel, Henry said B.C. Ferries continues to report a decline of more than 80 per cent on its routes.

“I think it’s safe to say that we have been united in keeping our firewall strong across this province.”