Four other people died from COVID-19 in British Columbia, announced provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry on Wednesday.
The deaths have all occurred in seniors in long-term care, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 109.
Henry also announced 34 new cases of coronavirus in the province, bringing the total number of test-confirmed cases in British Columbia. at 2.087.
Among those tested positive for the virus, 89 are currently hospitalized, including 35 in intensive care.
Hospitalizations continue to drop significantly from the high of 149 reached earlier in April.
Some 1,305 people who test positive for COVID-19 are considered fully recovered, which means there are 673 active cases of the virus in British Columbia.
Wednesday’s update arrived hours after British Columbia. Premier John Horgan has announced that the province will release details of its plans to reopen the province’s economy next week.
Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix added some more details to the thinking behind easing some of the restrictions that have helped limit the spread of the virus in British Columbia, while noting that the province is still experiencing community outbreaks of the virus and needs to be considered. in its reopening plans.
The provincial health worker said there were now 50 cases of COVID-19 associated with the outbreak at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, which is one of four poultry processing plants in the province that have had positive tests for coronavirus.
Henry said health officials have expanded their screening strategy in the hopes of detecting outbreaks more quickly and finding contacts for those who test positive. At the same time, she warned against mass public testing.
“It is very important for us to understand, however, that random testing in the community of anyone with no symptoms has very little value to us with the current test that we have,” said Henry. “In fact, this type of test leads to both false positives and false negatives, and for a variety of reasons, it is not a reliable mechanism for understanding what is going on in our communities when used in this way. . “
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