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One additional COVID death, 21 new cases as B.C. 'cautiously' moves into phase two

Last Updated May 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm PDT

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The Provincial Health Officer is reporting 21 new positive COVID-19 cases in B.C. and one additional death.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the province is continuing to see a number of active outbreaks in the healthcare system, including 15 long-term care and assisted living facilities. There are also five outbreaks in acute care units.

Henry followed up on Fridays’ announcement, reporting an outbreak in the ICU at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She says a detailed ongoing investigation with Fraser health and hospital staff is being conducted.

She adds that there are no new community outbreaks, but the Oppenheimer fruit and vegetable processing plant has seen three cases being investigated.

There have also been industrial camps in Northern Alberta which have seen outbreaks, so Henry is reminding British Columbians who are working at these sites to self isolate for 14 days or until they need to return to their worksite.

“This means we must continue to stay alert and stay vigilant,” she says.

Over 1,900 people have fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the recovery rate to about 79 per cent.

Henry’s update was delivered the weekend before the province implements its second phase to restart the economy, which will allow some businesses to reopen, and for people to gather in groups up to six.

“We have to move carefully. And we have to move thoughtfully,” she says.