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The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 23 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province since Saturday, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 2,353 people.

Between Saturday and Sunday, there were nine cases recorded, and from Sunday to Monday morning, 14 people tested positive for the virus.

In total, 873 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,118 in Fraser Health, 125 on Vancouver Island, 180 in Interior Health and 57 in Northern Health region.

The majority of active cases remaining are linked to the known cluster outbreaks described below.

There are now a total of 66 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 18 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 130 in total across the province.

In good news, a total of 1,719 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C., representing 71 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, 16 long term care and five acute care facilities have active ongoing outbreaks. 475 cases are associated with these outbreaks, with 291 residents and 184 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 8th, 110 people have recovered in the Island Health region and there have now been five virus-related deaths in total.

This means there are now 10 active cases in the region.

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

Thus far, there have been 104,994 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 15,896 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 4,242,029.

Over 286,400 people have died from the illness and 1,521,305 have made a full recovery.

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