Major prison outbreak in British Columbia reports 9 new COVID-19 cases

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British Columbia has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, as well as two additional deaths – both in long-term care in the Fraser Heath area.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said the province had registered 2,558 cases in total, 84% of which have recovered.

There are 241 active cases in British Columbia. Thirty-three of them are hospitalized and six of them are in intensive care.

The death toll in the province is 164.

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A new outbreak has been identified in one long-term care facility in the Fraser health region, bringing the total number of acute-care or residential facilities treating the virus to 16.

However, the epidemic is over at Mission Institution, a federal prison in the Fraser Valley.

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“As you know, this was one of the largest epidemics we have had in the province, and it has taken an incredible effort,” said Henry.

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One inmate died among 120 inmates and staff who contracted coronavirus disease.

Henry said Thursday that she had updated a public health order so that farmers’ markets can now sell non-food items. The new order will also allow outdoor dining in these markets, subject to physical remoteness.

Earlier Thursday, ICBC announced the resumption of knowledge tests, while many municipalities in the Lower Mainland announced the reopening of playgrounds.

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