VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C. recorded five more deaths and 15 cases related to COVID-19 on Friday, as well as two new outbreaks.
A community outbreak has been reported at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam.
“The public health investigation is ongoing, active contract tracing is underway and the plant remains open at this time,” says a joint release from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“We must continue to be measured and thoughtful with each step forward in our COVID-19 recovery. The new outbreaks demonstrate that there continues to be risk of COVID-19 in our communities.”
The other outbreak is in the acute-care unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
“There is a COVID-19 outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital that involves both staff and patients. Enhanced precautions and infection prevention and control measures have been implemented. It has been confined to one unit. To date, six staff and two patients are part of the outbreak,” says Fraser Health in an email.
Reported cases have now surpassed 2,400 in B.C., while deaths now total 140. Four of the new deaths were in the Fraser Health region.
“We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these five individuals, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones,” the release reads.
There are 359 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 1,908 people who tested positive have recovered, a rate of 79 per cent.
Of the total cases, 51 people remain in hospital — seven fewer than the day before — and of those, 12 are in intensive care.
BC Update on #COVID19
*Five more deaths (140)
*15 new cases (2,407)
*359 active cases
*New acute-care outbreak at Abbotsford Hospital
*Two confirmed cases at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam.
*Recovery rate stands at 79 per cent
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Active cases remain at 15 long-term-care or assisted-living facilities and five acute-care units.
The province’s restart plan, loosening some health and safety restrictions for businesses and services, begins next week.
Earlier Friday, the provincial government unveiled plans to open schools part-time in June.
As well, provincial parks reopened on Thursday for day-use.
“We want a strong start, and to do that we need to stay local, stay apart and stay 100 per cent committed to working together,” say Dix and Henry.