The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

There are now 2,407 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C., after health officials announced 15 new cases Friday.

Of the province's now 2,428 cases, 878 have been in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,184 in Fraser Health, 126 in Vancouver Island Health, 181 in Interior Health and 59 in Northern Health.

There is a total of 355 active cases in B.C., with 49 people in hospital, including 11 in critical care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. There are now 326 residents/patients and 199 staff who have been infected at these facilities, including six staff and two patients at the most recent outbreak at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The survey, which was launched last week, seeks British Columbians' input on how the health crisis, as well as the government's response to it, has affected their lives. We offer our condolences to the family, friends, and caregivers, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

Four of the five deaths were in the Fraser Health region and health officials confirmed new outbreaks at two locations in that region.

"The public health investigation is ongoing, active contract tracing is underway and the plant remains open at this time", said Henry.

"This means we must continue to stay alert and stay vigilant", she says.

WorkSafeBC public health guidance is now available for several industry sectors. She stressed the importance of following those guidelines for both businesses and other social interactions.

The WorksafeBC prevention information hotline (1-888-621-7233) is your first stop.

The province's COVID-19 death toll stands at 140.

"No matter what your business, or where you may be operating, it is very important to remember that the most effective way to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19 is through safe physical distancing and never allowing anyone with any symptoms to come into your place of business - whether it is you, your employees or your customers".

During question period, Henry acknowledged that businesses continue to suffer from having to follow provincial guidelines, but she stressed they are necessary to prevent the virus from "exploding again". In addition, each health authority has environmental health officers to help businesses reopen with proper administrative controls.

Only a day earlier, Coquitlam's Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. - site of the largest outbreak at a food processing plant in B.C. - was re-opened after a major outbreak involving 61 individuals was declared over.

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