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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 12 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province since Saturday, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 2,530 people.

Between Saturday and Sunday, the province recorded five cases, while there were seven new positive cases between Sunday and Monday.

In total, 894 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,253 in Fraser Health, 127 on Vancouver Island, 194 in Interior Health and 62 in Northern Health region.

There are now 267 active cases in the province.

There are now a total of 37 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 7 of whom are in critical care — ICU or acute care units — showing a continued decrease in hospitalizations and ICU rates.

Sadly, four new deaths were reported today and the death toll is now at 161 in total across the province.

In good news, a total of 2,102 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

Outbreaks

In total, there are 14 long term care and two acute care facilities have active ongoing outbreaks, with a total of 333 residents and 209 staff affected.

One additional outbreak was declared at the Mountain federal correctional institution in Fraser Health Region last week where two people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Another community outbreak was also declared last week at Nature’s Touch, a frozen food processing plant in Abbotsford, where five people have tested positive for the virus.

A community outbreak at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam, has three cases.

The coronavirus outbreak at the Mission Institute federal correctional facility continues to have 134 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, including 121 inmates and 13 staff.

There continues to be seven people who tested positive for COVID-19 linked to the Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry outbreak.

A total of 17 people returning to B.C. from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in Alberta have tested positive for the virus, and there are additional family members of those workers who are also at risk of virus transmission.

Island Health region

Specific data for the Vancouver Island Health region shows that there are 127 total cases of COVID-19 in the area.

BCCDC data shows that as of May 22, 121 people have recovered in the Island Health region and there have now been five virus-related deaths in total.

This means there continues to be just one active case in the region, and that patient is in hospital.

Thus far, there have been 129,942 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 19,572 of which were done in the Island Health region.


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The BCCDC has set up a 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 5,568,402.

Over 346,900 people have died from the illness and 2,353,465 have made a full recovery.