34 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., including one in Island Health

34 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., including one in Island Health
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives an update on COVID-19 in British Columbia.

British Columbia is reporting 34 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, including one new case in Island Health.

The total number of cases in the province is now at 2,087, with 120 of those in Island Health.

Eight hundred and eleven cases are in Vancouver Coastal, 941 in Fraser Health, 169 in Interior Health and 46 in Northern Health.

Eighty nine people are in hospital (down from 94 on April 28). Five of those hospitalizations are on Vancouver Island.

There have also been four more deaths from COVID-19, all seniors in care homes. One hundred and nine people have died from COVID-19 in B.C. so far.

There are also two new COVID-19 outbreaks in the province: at Clayton Heights in Surrey and Langley Lodge.

No new cases have been reported at the Mission Institution. There are 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Superior in Coquitlam and 42 in United Poultry. Both poultry processing facilities were closed earlier this month.

Two more poultry processing facilities in B.C. have reported workers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sofina Foods Inc., says its employee who tested positive lives with relatives who work at a processing plant that was recently closed because of a novel coronavirus outbreak.

Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry says its employee was off the job on Friday with flu-like symptoms and tested positive yesterday.

And there are now 87 linked to the Pacific Dental Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre in March, including one dentist who died in March. 

Since April 10, 15,000 people have travelled back to B.C. from other countries, with 350 people needing additional support for COVID-19 mandatory isolation plans. Over one hundred people have needed accommodations.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are over 4,000 empty hospital beds in B.C.

“We have and continue to withstand the cases that have come to us with regard to COVID-19,” Dix said.

Henry has thanked British Columbians for their commitment to limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“The orders and the restrictions that we have in place have worked, and they’ve worked because we have followed them collectively,” she said.

Earlier Wednesday, B.C. Premier John Horgan extended the province’s state of emergency for another two weeks.  The state of emergency was first issued on March 18.

For a full breakdown of B.C. COVID-19 numbers, visit the British Columbia COVID-19 dashboard. 

The number of COVID-19 cases globally is more than 3.1 million, with more than 226,000 deaths, according to researchers with Johns Hopkins University. 

Watch Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix on April 29, 2020, below:

With files from The Canadian Press

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