Two COVID-19 deaths in B.C., outbreak over at Mission prison

Henrietta Brewer
May 29, 2020

Any new COVID-19 cases in B.C. that are a result of easing restrictions will start to appear over the coming week, says Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Thirty-seven people in B.C. remain in hospital with the virus, seven of them in intensive care. A total of 2,144 people who previously tested positive have now recovered.

As of Wednesday, the Island Health region has had 127 cases of COVID-19, while the Vancouver Coastal Health region has had 899 cases.

British Columbia health officials will provide a live update Thursday on the province's battle with the novel coronavirus.

Henry also confirmed that the outbreak at the Mission federal corrections facility has now been declared over. Fraser Health is actively working to suppress the outbreak, which is the 15th active outbreak among long-term care and assisted-living homes in the province.

"We are moving forward carefully into Phase 2 (of the B.C. Restart Plan), assessing our progress week by week, and we are encouraged by what we have seen so far", she pointed out.

Henry said measures to fight COVID-19 possibly contributed to holding the number of deaths to fewer than 100 at long-term care homes while other provinces recorded thousands of fatalities.

Premier John Horgan said at a press conference today that setting timelines for loosened restrictions later in the summer is impossible.

"We will have a good understanding of how we're doing around mid-June when we've had these couple of incubation periods".

Horgan added that the rules that his government worked hard to put in place appropriate rules and that those would be altered based on evolving circumstances, whether that relates to encouraging travel around the province or welcoming the National Hockey League (NHL) if that organization wants to make Vancouver a hub city for hosting the 2020 NHL playoffs.

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