Interior BC residents warned after coronavirus outbreak at oilsands site

Interior BC residents warned after coronavirus outbreak at oilsands site

Interior BC residents warned after coronavirus outbreak at oilsands site

Alberta now has a total 2,908 reported cases, including 105 over the past day, and 59 deaths. Of those cases, 1,198 are recoveries.

By health authority, there have been 705 cases in Fraser Health, 700 in Vancouver Coastal, 153 in Interior, 102 on Vancouver Island and 39 in Northern.

Dr. Henry also says there are five new deaths from the last two days, increasing the toll to 86.

There are now no new outbreaks in long-term care homes, but 20 outbreaks in those facilities remain active.

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 are down again since Friday, as are the number of hospitalizations, but it will likely be at least two more weeks before some of the restrictions now in place might start being eased, says provincial health officer Bonnie Henry. "We will continue to require everyone to follow orders".

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is putting new precautions into place, after some northern Saskatchewan COVID-19 cases were linked to northern Alberta communities.

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan announced a new health care framework to expand support for rural and Indigenous communities. This framework recognizes and proactively supports communities that may have limited access to the level of health care that we find in larger, urban centres.

But overall, B.C. residents should be prepared for restrictions to be lifted "gradually and thoughtfully" - and the goal to ease restrictions in mid-May is not a hard date.

There are now 115 people in hospital, with 54 people in intensive care.

"We are now using testing to help us quickly identify and address any new community clusters and outbreaks that may emerge".

Health officials are tracking the close-contacts of the affected workers, Dr Henry said.

Dr Henry said over the weekend that the governments of B.C. and Alberta are exchanging information about people who may be at risk.

"If they had symptoms over that period of time of if they continue to have symptoms, we want you to connect with 811 and tell us about that".

"We remind everyone that while testing is now broadly available, not everyone needs a test". "If you don't have symptoms, this test is not necessarily valid". "An ethicist colleague of mine noted that coronavirus doesn't discriminate, but systems can and do", she said Monday, adding the pandemic has the potential to be "culturally devastating". That is part of whole way we need to approach this. We will continue to take a slow and thoughtful approach, learning from other jurisdictions that are farther along, while staying alert to changes here in B.C.

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