BEFORE CHRIST. registers two more deaths from COVID-19 while confirmed cases exceed 2,000

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – B.C. Tuesday, 55 new cases of COVID-19 were registered, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the province to 2,053.

The majority of new cases are related to Superior Poultry Processors in Coquitlam, which now has 46 in total, 21 more than the previous day.

Superior is owned by the same company as United Poultry in Vancouver, which closed last week after dozens of workers there initially tested positive for the virus. The number of cases at the latter remains at 34.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, also announced two more deaths from the virus, bringing the total to British Columbia. to 105.

Two other detainees from Mission Federal Prison also tested positive. The total number of confirmed cases at Mission Institution is 120, including 12 correctional officers.

Henry said active outbreaks persist in 20 long-term care or assisted living facilities, as well as in three acute care units.

Regarding the loosening of health and safety restrictions, Henry said the target is still mid-late May as health officials monitor sick people without being able to trace the source .

“We absolutely recognize that the actions we have taken have significant social, financial, emotional and health impacts on all of us, and we have tried to use the data and science available to us to find that delicate balance of we just enough restrictions to control this virus, but enough to continue to function as a community, “she added.

“To move forward, even if we increase our social ties and we increase our economic ties, and we move forward together in this pandemic, what you are doing, and we will continue to make a difference in the days and weeks to come.”

According to Henry, 94 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, including 37 in intensive care. Both are slight increases.

She responded that the number of deaths in intensive care patients – particularly those who had been ventilated – was much lower in British Columbia. than what has been reported in other parts of the world.

The recovery rate of COVID-19 in British Columbia is still 60%.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are currently 4,115 vacant beds available in British Columbia.

He also said last week in British Columbia. received approximately 170,000 respirators, 350,000 pieces of eye protection, 100,000 surgical masks, 185,000 gowns and nearly five million pairs of gloves.

Dix added the approach to flattening the pandemic curve in British Columbia. has been to reduce the volume of face-to-face interactions, while other jurisdictions have tried to silence them.

Other jurisdictions are announcing this week the reopening of businesses that have never been closed in British Columbia, he said, due to a nuanced response that allowed workplaces to adapt and innovate, while protecting customers and employees.

Dix added that Premier John Horgan will be discussing in the coming days and weeks how to reopen economic activity in British Columbia.



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