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No new COVID-19 deaths in B.C. for second time in a week

Last Updated May 29, 2020 at 8:24 pm PDT

FILE - Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, speaking at a conference May 6, 2020. (Courtesy Flickr:bcgovphotos)

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C. recorded no new COVID-19 deaths on Friday for the second time in a week.

The province also announced just four more cases of the virus in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, in a joint statement, commended the federal government’s decision earlier Friday to ban cruise ships carrying 100 or more passengers from Canadian waters until October.

“This is the right thing to do for our country and our province right now to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into our coastal communities,” they say in a release.

“Easing restrictions can be done only after thoughtful consideration. Our focus and priority are the health and safety of all British Columbians. With your help and all of us doing our part, we will get through this storm together.”

The province reported no new health-care facility outbreaks, while 15 are active at long-term-care or assisted-living facilities, as well as one acute-care unit.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector, and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta,” say Henry and Dix.

To date, 22 Langley Lodge residents have died from virus, more than at any other care home in B.C.

On Thursday, a resident at a long-term care home in Port Coquitlam tested positive for COVID-19, while the Fraser Health Authority took extra measures to control further spread and deaths at Langley Lodge.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in B.C. remains at 164, while cases total 2,562. Of those 228 remain active.

The number of people in hospital increased by one to 34, including six in intensive care.

The recovery rate climbed to 85 per cent.

B.C. also recorded no COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday — the first time since the weekend of May 11-12.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 900 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,277 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 195 in the Interior Health region, and 63 in the Northern Health region.