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Dr. Bonnie Henry
Although the number of new COVID-19 cases in British Columbia remains relatively small, five more people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours and two new outbreaks have been reported.
Another 15 COVID-19 cases have been identified in British Columbia. in the past 24 hours, while the number of cases in the home health region has not changed.
With the five new deaths, 140 people have died from the virus in British Columbia. Four of the new deaths occurred in the Fraser health region, while one was from the Vancouver coastal region.
On Friday, 2,407 positive tests were done in British Columbia, including 181 in the HI region. But with 1,908 complete cures in the province, there are 359 active cases. There are 51 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the province, 12 of whom are still in intensive care. Only one of the four remaining active cases in the Inland Health Region remains in hospital.
A new outbreak has been reported at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, bringing the number of active epidemics in health care facilities in the province to 20.
A community outbreak has also been reported to the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam, where two cases have been confirmed. The plant remains open for the time being, while public health officials are investigating.
Community outbreaks remain at three poultry plants in the Lower Mainland, the Mission Correctional Institution in Mission, and an outbreak is linked to the Kearl Lake oil sands camp in Alberta.
The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, did not hold a press conference on Friday, but one is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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