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One more person dies of COVID-19 in B.C., 29 new cases recorded

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated May 8, 2020 at 5:02 pm PDT

Summary

Six of the 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. announced Friday are at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam

The province also confirming 73 people remain in hospital, with 20 in intensive care

The province has now recorded 2,315 total cases of the virus

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Six of the 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Friday are at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, while the province recorded another death.

The latter brings the total in B.C. to 127.

“We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region,” says a joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Coquitlam chicken processing plant, Superior Poultry, now has 61 cases. Superior has the same owner as United Poultry in Vancouver, where the number of cases remains at 35. Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry in Chilliwack still has seven cases.

Two more cases related to the Kearl Lake oilsands camp in Alberta have been recorded, bringing the total to 17.

The province also confirming 73 people remain in hospital, with 20 in intensive care.

The province has now recorded 2,315 total cases of the virus so far. Two cases were removed from the Island Health Authority’s total from Thursday due to a data error.

To date, 1,579 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. have recovered — a  rate of 68 per cent, up a bit from the previous day.

“We must continue with what we have been doing, because it is working. We have flattened our curve and must keep it there,” Dix and Henry say.

On Wednesday, the province unveiled a four-phase plan to restart services and businesses in B.C.

The second phase includes resuming elective surgeries and other medical-related services, such as dentists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and in-person counselling.

Hair salons, barbers, restaurants, cafes, and pubs are also part of the second phase, as are museums, art galleries, libraries, office-based worksites, recreational sports, parks, beaches and outdoor spaces, and transit services.

The second phase starts after the Victoria Day long weekend.

“Until we move into Phase 2, the orders, restrictions and guidance remain in place,” Dix and Henry say.

“Physical distancing is here to stay. We must continue to keep a safe physical distance from anyone outside of our household,” they add.

“This weekend is Mother’s Day and a time to celebrate and honour someone important to us. We can all do something special for our mothers, whether they are near or far, in your household bubble or not. For now, avoid any close physical contact, unless your mother is in your immediate household. And if your mother is older, awaiting surgery or has an underlying illness, celebrate at a safe distance. Give your mother the gift of staying safe and healthy.”