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No COVID-19 deaths reported yesterday

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:35 PDT, Wed May 27, 2020

For the first time in weeks yesterday, provincial health authorities announced no new deaths related to COVID-19.

But provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there were 11 new cases of the virus for a total of 2,541 in the province. More than 80 per cent of those people have since recovered.

There were no new healthcare facility outbreaks. A recent COVID-19 outbreak at Richmond Hospital was declared over by BC health authorities during their briefing yesterday. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.

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.

Henry and Dix said as BC continues with Phase 2 of recovery, there may be an increase in new cases due to increased social interactions. This is because the virus can often be mild or asymptomatic in the early stages—so people may not realize they are sick.

Early identification and tracing of new cases will help to follow the transmission trail and break the chain of transmission.

Keeping household bubbles small will help public health teams. Pay attention to where you go and who you see each day for individual ‘contract tracing.’

“As we go forward, our ‘new normal’ is different and will be for some time,” Dix and Henry said. “Bigger spaces with fewer faces will keep all of us safe.”

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