In the past 24 hours, 29 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in the province, including one in the interior.
Provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix released a joint statement today, in lieu of the regular press conference:
“Each health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 866 are in the Vancouver coastal region, 1,089 are in the Fraser Health region, 125 are in the Island Health region (note: two cases were removed from yesterday’s Health Island total). 180 due to a data error), 180 are in the inland health region and 55 are in the northern health region.
“We are saddened to report a new death related to COVID-19 in the Fraser health region, for a total of 127 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones.
“During the last day, there were no new outbreaks of long-term care or assisted living facilities. A total of 16 facilities and five acute care units have active cases. Outbreaks have now been reported in 18 health care settings.
“Public health teams are also providing support to a number of epidemics in the community, actively contacting tracing of those who may be directly affected and their close contacts.
“There has been no change in the number of positive cases confirmed at Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, United Poultry in Vancouver or the Mission Correctional Center.
“There are now 61 positive cases at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam and 17 related to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.
“To date, 1,579 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 73 people are hospitalized and 20 of them are in intensive care. The remainder are recovering at home in isolation.
“We have to continue what we have done because it works. We have flattened our curve and need to maintain it.
“Until we enter phase 2, orders, restrictions and directives remain in place.
“Our principles for the future are our guide to where we are today and how we are going to progress. These are the rules that help us decide what is safe for us, our loved ones and our communities. These principles will not change until COVID-19 is no longer a risk to us.
“Physical distance is here to stay. We must continue to keep a safe physical distance from anyone outside our home.
“There is no exception to stay at home if you are sick. Even if it seems to be seasonal allergies, a cold or potentially COVID-19. And if you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact 811 or your health care provider to be evaluated and tested.
“Traveling anywhere increases the likelihood of us becoming an involuntary carrier of COVID-19. While essential travel should continue, personal travel should be kept to a minimum, where possible. “
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