Number of COVID-19 cases rise by 11 in Interior Health region

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for May 23

"Fraser Health is working closely with the plant to make sure that all of the appropriate precautions are in place, and this one was caught relatively early, and it looks like the plant was not ordered to close but is closed over the weekend to make sure that all of the procedures are in place, and they'll be continuing the investigation", she said.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced 18 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths Friday. That number is down one from yesterday because an outbreak at the Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility has been declared over.

On Friday, 41 of those cases were in hospital, eight of them in intensive care.

Henry said the new outbreak at the frozen fruit processing plant, like those observed in long-term care homes and correctional facilities, serve as a reminder of what could happen if large crowds began to gather once again. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units continue to have active outbreaks.

There were bigger changes in case numbers within health regions because of a statistical change in the way cases are counted.

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The vast majority of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. have been located in the Lower Mainland, with 890 cases located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and 1,244 in Fraser Health. The service lists no positive tests at Mountain Institution. Outbreaks at other poultry-processing facilities that have had cases of the virus are also considered to be over.

"To be clear, gatherings of any kind are a risk right now, and a concern for those two very important reasons", she said.

With that, Dr. Henry says it's crucial that people pay attention to the restrictions outlined for the second phase of B.C's ReStart plan.

"As we're opening up more settings, [outbreaks] tell us we need to be vigilant". "I know that was a challenge for some people", she acknowledged, "but really, this is the time that we need to be careful".

The number of people who have active cases of the virus has been dropping steadily. "When it is hard to keep a safe physical distance for an extended period of time - for example, when you are on transit - this is a good way for you to protect those around you", said Henry. "Anybody who works with anybody who is marginalized or vulnerable, who may not have access to a computer or a telephone, please find ways to encourage and to assist these people, your clients, to take this survey as well", said Henry.

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