Four new deaths from COVID-19, more cases in Vancouver poultry

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Four other deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in British Columbia. Friday, along with six other cases at a Vancouver poultry plant that closed earlier this week.

New cases at the United Poultry plant in Vancouver bring the total number of infected workers to 35, while a chicken processing plant in Coquitlam owned by the same company was closed earlier on Friday by the Fraser Health Authority.

Depending on the province, some employees worked in both establishments.

“To date, two employees have been confirmed positive at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, and 35 employees have now been confirmed positive at United Poultry in Vancouver,” said a provincial press release.

RELATED: Coquitlam Poultry Plant Shut Down After COVID-19

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a total of 29 new cases of the virus on Friday, including 10 others related to the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta.

“We are sad to report four new deaths related to COVID-19 in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, for a total of 98 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones, ”said a statement from Dix ​​and Henry.

No new outbreaks were recorded in long-term care, assisted living or acute care facilities during the past day. A total of 20 such facilities and three acute care units are experiencing active outbreaks.

At the Mission Correctional Center, 78 inmates and staff have tested positive for the virus.

The total number of cases in British Columbia is now 1,853. The recovery rate remains at 60%.

The number of people hospitalized fell to 96 from 103 the day before, while those in intensive care fell to 41 from 44.

“Maintaining a safe physical distance, washing your hands frequently and staying home when sick continues to be the best thing we can do to protect our communities and keep bending the curve,” said Henry and Dix.

“While our weekends are time to relax and unwind, the exception is these important health measures. As you go out and spend time with loved ones safely, let’s continue to stay strong and show compassion and compassion for those around us, being careful not to undo all of our efforts and sacrifices. “



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