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Health officials announce 18 new cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:16 PDT, Fri May 22, 2020

There were 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC today.

Three more people have died of reasons related to COVID-19 for a total of 155.

There were no new health-care outbreaks, and the outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital has been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.

Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Mountain Institution and Mission Institution, the Oppenheimer Group, facilities in the poultry sector and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

The provincial health officer order restricting mass gatherings to no more than 50 individuals remains in place. 

The order has been amended to also include no more than 50 vehicles for outdoor drive-in events, with a restriction on the sale of refreshments. Anyone attending these events must stay in their cars unless they have to go to washrooms, which must have running water for proper hand hygiene.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix applauded British Columbians for using the WorkSafeBC public health guidelines and rules for safe social interactions to increase activities safely.

“This approach—moving slowly, with patience and care—is our way forward,” they said in a statement. “We have made great strides to flatten our curve, and we must continue with our efforts. Let’s keep going, together.”

For the survey, Your story, our future, visit: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey.
For those who cannot complete the survey online, or need assistance in another language, call 1 833 707-1900 to take the survey over the phone. Assistance is available seven days a week, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time), in 150 languages.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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