Twelve new COVID-19 cases confirmed Thursday
Published 10:39 PDT, Fri May 22, 2020
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,479 confirmed cases in British Columbia.
More than 2,000 people who tested positive have now recovered. Under 50 of the currently infected individuals are hospitalized.
Three more people have died of reasons related to COVID-19 for a total of 152.
There have been no new health-care outbreaks, and the outbreak at the Windermere Care Centre has now been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks.
The Mountain Institution, a federal corrections facility, has one confirmed case of COVID-19 in an inmate who had recently transferred from the Matsqui Institution. Fraser Health public health teams are investigating and assisting at both facilities.
The outbreak at United Poultry has been declared over. Public health teams continue to provide support at the remaining community outbreaks, including at the Oppenheimer Group, those in the poultry sector, at the Mission Institution and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.
As BC moves further into Phase 2 of its restart plan, continued caution is important. Non-medical masks or cloth face coverings can be helpful in situations where it is difficult to keep a safe physical distance, such as on public transit, or when services require people to be in close contact for periods of time, such as at a barbershop.
As schools prepare to open, Henry and Dix remind people of the strict protocols that will be in place there, including safe physical distancing measures and only letting people in who are healthy.
Like all illnesses transmitted through close contact, school communities are notified when someone in the community has a confirmed case. Any close contacts who are susceptible are also required to stay home and self-isolate.
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