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Outbreaks at two B.C. long term care homes declared over, 11 new COVID cases

Last Updated May 30, 2020 at 6:59 pm PDT

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — COVID-19 outbreaks at the Evergreen House and Haro Park Centre Society have been declared over by B.C. health officials.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the Haro Park Centre Society outbreak was the province’s first and most difficult outbreak.

“We know that residents were severely impacted by COVID-19 very early on in our pandemic, so this is very good news and I’m relieved,” she says.

She also thanked workers who put in efforts to prevent the spread of the virus during a time when experts had limited knowledge and information about the coronavirus.

B.C. continues to have 14 active outbreaks. Thirteen are in long term care and assisted living facilities, and one is in an acute care facility.

As of Saturday, there are no new community outbreaks.

To add to the “good news,” Henry reported there are no additional deaths related to the virus.

Henry says the low number of cases recorded over the past few days is encouraging.

“But these new cases, continue to be our elders in care, and there continues to be low but some spread in our community. This tells us that we still need to be cautious, we need to proceed with care and we need to keep doing what we are doing to prevent transmission,” she says.

“That goes back to the fundamental things that we have been talking about from the very beginning. That is staying away from others if we’re feeling unwell, washing our hands regularly, covering our mouth when we cough. It means making sure that we keep that safe physical distance between us and that we limit the number of contacts.”