Number of COVID-19 cases rise by 11 in Interior Health region

Andrew Cummings
May 24, 2020

There are now 14 active outbreaks at those care homes, as well as three acute-care facilities.

Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Oppenheimer Group, those in the poultry sector, at the federal correctional institution in Mission and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

Of the 2,507 cases, 1,236 have been in Fraser, 888 have been in Vancouver Coastal, 194 have been in Interior, 127 have been in Island and 62 have been in Northern health regions.

Of those cases, 43 people were in hospital for treatment of COVID-19, eight of which required intensive care. 2,042 people have recovered from COVID-19.

"Again it speaks to the challenges and the devastation that this virus can cause when it gets into our long term care homes, and it is one of the key reasons why we continue to have the control measures that we have in place both in the community, to prevent people who are working facilities, but also in the facilities themselves", Henry said.

She added that health officials have been looking at whether there are "reasonable smaller units" that geographic data could be reported in, but said B.C.'s health authorities are comparable in size to some of the reporting regions used by other provinces.

Yesterday, Henry explained that 52 percent of cases from COVID-19 in the province are female.

As of Friday, no deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in the north. The amendment limited gatherings of 50 vehicles in addition to 50 people. "This is our time when we need to be careful". "If we catch these early we can prevent those transmissions that lead to widespread illness in a setting". Staying vigilant and taking the necessary precautions at work and with our social interactions will keep all of us safe.

Earlier this week, many businesses that had been closed due to the pandemic can "begin the process of safely reopening". The public health officer's revised orders can be found on the province's website.

As the province "cautiously" moves toward its second phase of reopening with a gradual easing of restrictions, Henry warned that "we have to move carefully, and we have to move thoughtfully".

As of Friday, the province says more than 275,000 people have filled out a survey on their experiences and the actions they've taken during the pandemic. "We want to make sure everybody's stories are heard".

"Take a few minutes to join the 286,000 British Columbians who have already completed the survey, or help someone else to do the same", she said.

Henry and Dix also made an adjustment to the order restricting mass gatherings, as we continue in Phase 2 of B.C.'s Restart plan.

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