BEFORE CHRIST. health authorities announce 50 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 additional deaths

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VICTORIA –
BEFORE CHRIST. Health officials say 50 new cases of the new coronavirus have been discovered in the province since Saturday, and three others have died.

The announcement Monday brings the number of COVID-19 deaths in British Columbia to 103 and the total number of cases to 1,998.

Thirty-nine of the new cases were discovered between Saturday and Sunday, while 11 were discovered between Sunday and Monday morning. Two of the deaths occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and one in the Fraser Health region.

Coronavirus outbreaks continue in 21 long-term care facilities across the province, including three in acute care facilities.

The province also continues to face several outbreaks in the community, including two poultry plants in Vancouver and Coquitlam, where dozens of staff have tested positive for the virus.

There are also 118 cases of coronavirus at the Federal Mission Institution prison, where 106 inmates and 12 correctional staff tested positive for the virus.

The province has now identified 11 cases of COVID-19 related to British Columbia. workers at the Kearl Lake oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“Many British Columbia residents continue to travel back and forth,” said Henry, adding that anyone who has been in the oil sands facility since March 24 or has been in contact with a worker there -bas must isolate themselves.

“Despite the outbreaks in the community that we are seeing, there is clear evidence that our continued efforts to track public health measures are working here in British Columbia,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer.

A total of 97 people in British Columbia stay in hospital with COVID-19, including 36 in critical or critical care.

Henry said the province is preparing to roll out its plan to allow businesses and schools to reopen and allow social interactions to resume.

“Plans have been underway here in British Columbia for the past few weeks,” said Henry.

“We do not have a date yet and we will not announce a date until we are ready and the plans are in place. “

Henry said “some students” could return to class before the end of the current school year, but nothing has been decided yet.

The provincial health worker said health officials were also preparing to deal with the pandemic in conjunction with seasonal weather-related emergencies such as forest fires and floods.

“We are very aware of how we must manage our response to this pandemic and ensure that we are able to meet the needs we have in the province to respond to these natural disasters,” said Henry.

A total of 1,190 people in British Columbia who contracted the virus are now considered fully recovered.

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