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Health officials update weekend case count

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:41 PDT, Tue May 26, 2020

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided case updates for two 24-hour reporting periods yesterday.

Between Saturday and Monday, BC reported 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four more people died as a result of the virus for a total of 161 throughout the province.

There were no new health-care facility outbreaks. 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 federal corrections facilities, the two processing facilities within the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

Dix and Henry also shared that there have been no reported cases of food or food packaging associated with the transmission of COVID-19, including products from facilities where there have been outbreaks of COVID-19.

They also marked the start of BC Paramedic Services Week, celebrating the emergency first responders who are working to support health care during the pandemic and beyond.

The key to success in Phase 2, Henry and Dix said, is British Columbians continuing to work together. Efforts over the last several months have resulted in progress across the province, and further easing of restrictions relies on continued effort to follow the current ‘rules.’

“While scheduled surgeries have returned and other health professions restart their activities, our COVID-19 health response remains in place and will remain at the ready, should the need arise,” they added.

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