The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 15 new test-positive cases of novel coronavirus in the province today, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 2,407 people.
In total, 878 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 1,164 in Fraser Health, 126 on Vancouver Island, 181 in Interior Health and 58 in Northern Health region.
There are now 359 active cases remaining in the province as of today.
There are now a total of 51 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 12 of whom are in critical care – ICU or acute care units — showing a decrease in hospitalizations and ICU rates.
Sadly, five new deaths were reported today and the death toll is now at 140 in total across the province.
In good news, a total of 1,885 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.
There is one new outbreak at an acute care unit at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. In total, 15 long term care and five acute care facilities now have active ongoing outbreaks.
There is also one new community outbreak with two confirmed cases at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam.
“The public health investigation is ongoing, active contract tracing is underway and the plant remains open at this time,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Health.
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. The order that required this facility to close has been rescinded and the plant has been reopened with additional health and safety measures in place.
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 126 total cases of COVID-19 in the area.
BCCDC data shows that as of May 14th, 116 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 is currently hospitalized in the Island Health region.
Thus far, there have been 116,764 novel coronavirus tests conducted across B.C., 17,492 of which were done in the Island Health region.
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 4,609,787.
Over 307,300 people have died from the illness and 1,742,813 have made a full recovery.