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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 16 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 2,376 people.

This is the lowest number of new cases per day the province has seen since March 9, in the early days of the pandemic.

In total, 877 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,137 in Fraser Health, 125 on Vancouver Island, 180 in Interior Health and 57 in Northern Health region.

There are now 385 active cases remaining in the province as of today.

There are now a total of 59 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 14 of whom are in critical care – ICU or acute care units — showing a decrease in hospitalizations and ICU rates.

Sadly, one new death was reported today and the death toll is now at 132 in total across the province.

In good news, a total of 1,859 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C., representing 78 per cent of all cases in B.C.

Outbreaks

There are no new outbreaks at long term care facilities in B.C. and a total of 19 long term care and acute care facility outbreaks have been declared over.

In total, 15 long term care and five acute care facilities have active ongoing outbreaks. 489 cases are associated with these outbreaks, with 299 residents and 190 staff members who have been affected.

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.

The outbreak at a Vancouver chicken processing and packaging plant, United Poultry Company, has 35 employees who tested positive for COVID-19.

Its sister plant, the Superior Poultry processing plant in Coquitlam has 61 test-positive cases of patients who have contracted the virus.

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 now tested positive for the virus, and there are additional family members of those workers who are also at risk of virus transmission.

A community outbreak at a nursery in Kelowna involving temporary foreign workers has now been declared over.

Island Health region

Specific data for the Vancouver Island Health region shows that there are 125 total cases of COVID-19 in the area.

BCCDC data shows that as of May 12th, 115 people have recovered in the Island Health region and there have now been five virus-related deaths in total.

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

One person with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region.

Thus far, there have been 112,994 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 16,878 of which were done in the Island Health region.


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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 4,412,203.

Over 296,900 people have died from the illness and 1,647,237 have made a full recovery.