At her briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health worker, confirmed 25 new cases of the virus, for a total of 1,724 cases in British Columbia. since the start of the epidemic. Eighty-seven people died from COVID-19 in British Columbia. in total.
Twenty-eight cases have been identified at United Poultry in East Vancouver, where health officials began widespread testing after a worker was diagnosed on Sunday.
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“It became apparent that there were a number of other people in the workplace who were positive,” said Henry.
“Not all of these people are included in today’s figures because some of the tests were done yesterday and will be reported in the coming days. “
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Employees of the processing and packaging facility were told to self-isolate and the facility was closed, said Henry.
Henry said there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread by eating chicken or handling packaging, but that it is still important to wash your hands when it comes to meat raw.
In the meantime, the outbreak at Mission Institution in the Fraser Valley has also increased to 76 people: 65 inmates and 11 employees.
There has been a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized, currently at 109. Fifty-one of these patients are in intensive care.
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Resumption of surgeries
Last month, British Columbia canceled tens of thousands of elective surgeries to free up hospital beds for a possible increase in COVID-19 patients.
Authorities have said some of these surgeries could resume by mid-May, and on Tuesday, the Minister of Health
Adrian Dix said the province is evaluating the waiting lists and its supply of protective equipment in preparation.
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However, he said the mid-May estimate is just that – an estimate.
“We need to continue flattening the curve during these weeks. This is important, “said Dix.
“It takes huge and significant planning to start over and decide what our priorities are and which surgeries can be done the safest right now, and that means we have to be sure that our acute care facilities can handle them.” “
Another insight into the new normal
Henry shed light on what a “new normal” might look like when British Columbia lifts some of its restrictions designed to slow the spread of the disease.
She has already said that major summer events, such as concerts and parades, will be banned this year.
But on Tuesday, she said activities such as medical appointments or non-emergency personal services and working in tight spaces such as film production would be possible – with caution.
Dentists, masseurs or physiotherapists or hairdressers, for example, would need to see fewer patients and keep enough space between staff members, said Henry.
The province will need to develop guidelines for other industries to make sure people can stay separated when possible, she added, and reduce the risk when they have to be in close contact.
What does the return to normal look like in British Columbia? health services like massage and dental care?
“I turn to the industry and say,” How do I meet these parameters in the next few months? “”
Earlier on Tuesday, the federal government released a new online calculator for businesses to calculate the amount of money they could get from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This funding is expected to begin to flow in mid-May.
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Business groups released a survey on Tuesday warning that four in ten businesses that have closed due to the pandemic believe they will not be able to reopen.
Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Monday that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is now eligible for the test.
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