Confirmation of a COVID-19 outbreak on the 2nd av. poultry processing plant

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A new COVID-19 outbreak has been detected at a second poultry processing plant in the Lower Mainland, according to the provincial health worker.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday two cases have been identified at the Superior Poultry plant in Coquitlam, a sister plant to United Poultry in Vancouver, where 29 people have now tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Henry said the province has registered 29 new confirmed cases, for a total of 1,824 to date. Four other people died, for a total of 94.

“We have to restart British Columbia. without restarting the virus ‘

As British Columbians begin to think about how society could open slowly if the province continues to smooth the infection curve, Henry said everyone needs to be very careful about how it works. occurs.

“How can we live with it without getting into trouble?” ” she says. “One misstep in the wrong direction puts us all at risk. “

As Minister of Health Adrian Dix said, “We must restart British Columbia without restarting the virus.”

Thursday’s figures also include a new outbreak in an indoor long-term care home, as well as two new outbreaks in acute care units at Ridge Meadows and Lions Gate hospitals. At the same time, 10 outbreaks in other long-term care homes were reported completed.

To date, there have been 347 cases in long-term care, assisted living and acute care units. A total of 78 people tested positive at Mission Institution.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were 103 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, including 44 in intensive care. A total of 1,090 people have recovered from their illness.

Henry said B.C. can expect the new coronavirus to be present in the community for some time.

“It’s not forever. Right now. Now it can take months, it can be a year, ”she said. “Now is not the time to tip the scales against us with reckless action. “

Henry said on Wednesday that the province was preparing for future caseload increases, saying there was “strong upside potential to come in the fall.”

Earlier on Thursday, the province announced requests for B.C. Emergency workers’ benefits will open on May 1. This is a single, non-taxable payment of $ 1,000 announced in March for residents whose ability to work has been affected by the pandemic.

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