Friday, February 23, 2024

B.C. reports 55 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths


The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 55 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 2,053 people.

In total, 803 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 918 in Fraser Health, 119 on Vancouver Island, 168 in Interior Health and 45 in Northern Health region.

Dr. Henry says the majority of active cases now are linked to the known cluster outbreaks described below.

There are now a total of 94 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 37 of whom are in critical care – ICU or acute care units — showing a continued decline in hospitalizations.

Sadly, two new deaths were reported today and the death toll is now at 105 in total across the province.

In good news, a total of 1,231 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.


There are no new outbreaks at a long term care facilities across B.C. and a total of twelve long term care facility outbreaks have been declared over.

In total, 20 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks declared over at 12 care facilities. 391 people at those facilities have tested positive for the virus.

The coronavirus outbreak at the Mission Institute federal correctional facility now has 132 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, 120 of whom are inmates while the rest are staff.

The outbreak at a Vancouver chicken processing and packaging plant, United Poultry Company, continues to have 34 employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

Its sister plant, the Superior Poultry processing plant in Coquitlam now has 46 test-positive cases of patients who have contracted the virus — an increase of nine cases since the last report.

There continue to be 11 COVID-19 cases connected to workers returning from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta.

According to Dr. Henry, many B.C. residents continue to travel to Alberta and back in order to work, and while there remain 11 cases linked to that outbreak, there are several hundred people associated with the Kearl Lake workplace.

Health authorities are testing contacts and family members of those affected, and attempting to contact individuals associated with the project to inform them of the outbreak as workers have varying degrees of information about the outbreak from their employer, according to Dr. Henry.

Island Health region

Specific data for the Vancouver Island Health region shows that there are 119 total cases of COVID-19 in the area.

BCCDC data shows that as of April 27th, 81 people have recovered in the Island Health region and there have now been four virus-related deaths in total.

This means there are now 34 active cases in the region.

Three people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized and one person is admitted in ICU, according to Health Minister Adrian Dix.

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island

The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 3,127,947.

Over 216,900 people have died from the illness and 950,753 have made a full recovery.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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