COVID-19 update for January 11: here’s the latest on the coronavirus in British Columbia

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A total of 59,902 people have been vaccinated as part of British Columbia’s COVID-19 inoculation program.

1:45 p.m. – Outbreak declared in the community of Canim Lake in British Columbia

Interior Health has declared an outbreak in the BC Interior community of Canim Lake, where 32 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the 2016 census, Canim Lake, a First Nations community located 40 kilometers northeast of 100 Mile House, has 228 residents.

Interior Health said that although the outbreak was only declared in Lake Canim, increased COVID-19 activity is “widely detected in the 100 Mile House area.”

Noon – Alberta RCMP investigate whether COVID-19 death of meat processing plant worker was criminal

RCMP in Alberta are investigating whether the COVID-19 death of a worker at a Cargill Ltd. meat packing plant last spring is a criminal case.

One of the worker’s family members dropped off an information package at the High River RCMP Detachment, south of Calgary, last week, Media Relations Officer Cpl. Tammy Keibel said Monday.

Keibel said the Foothills County RCMP and the Southern Alberta District General Investigation Section are looking into “the nature, if any, of the crime associated with this incident.”

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 said in a statement that Benito Quesada’s family took a courageous step in asking police to investigate Cargill for criminal negligence.

Quesada, a 51-year-old union steward, was one of two workers at the Cargill cattle plant near High River to die from COVID-19 when the virus infected nearly half of 2,200 employees last spring .

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