The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 95 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 1,948 people.
According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, today’s jump in cases can be attributed to COVID-19 patients being identified at ongoing outbreak sites.
Out of the 95 new cases reported today, 40 can be attributed to the Mission federal correctional facility outbreak, and there are now 16 cases related to the Superior Poultry processing plant outbreak in Coquitlam.
In total, 778 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 853 in Fraser Health, 115 on Vancouver Island, 160 in Interior Health and 42 in Northern Health region.
There are now a total of 96 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 41 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 100 in total across the province. Dr. Henry noted that one of the people who died was an elder in a remote First Nation community.
In good news, a total of 1,137 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.
There are no new outbreaks at a long term care facilities across B.C. In total, 19 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks declared over at 10 care facilities.
The coronavirus outbreak at the Mission Institute federal correctional facility now has 106 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Two inmates have been hospitalized.
The outbreak at a Vancouver chicken processing and packaging plant, United Poultry Company, continues to have 35 employees who tested positive for COVID-19.
Its sister plant, the Superior Poultry processing plant in Coquitlam now has 16 test-positive cases of patients who have contracted the virus.
In addition, there are now 11 COVID-19 cases connected to workers returning from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta.
During her briefing on Saturday, Dr. Henry said the number of new cases at these cluster outbreaks does not change the Ministry of Health’s assessment of where B.C. is at in the pandemic trajectory.
We still need to see a decrease in the number of cases, but the fact that the province has seen a steady number of new cases over the past few weeks is not unexpected.
“The fact that we’re picking up these outbreaks is important because that tells us our surveillance is working,” said Dr. Henry in response to a Victoria Buzz question.
Island Health region
Specific data for the Vancouver Island Health region shows that there are 115 total cases of COVID-19 in the area.
BCCDC data shows that as of April 24th, 81 people have recovered in the Island Health region and there have now been three virus-related deaths in total.
This means there are now 31 active cases in the region.
Five people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized and one person is in ICU.
Dr. Henry also specified that today’s spike in case numbers is not linked to Easter long weekend travel that we know of.
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 2,896,946.
Over 201,700 people have died from the illness and 825,376 have made a full recovery.