Number of COVID-19 cases rise by 11 in Interior Health region

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 24, 2020

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 888 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,236 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 194 in the Interior Health region and 62 in the Northern Health region.

The province has announced an additional 18 cases of COVID-19 and an additional three deaths due to the disease, all of which occurred in the Fraser Health region, bringing to 155 the number of.

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

To date, 41 people are hospitalized, eight of who are in intensive care.

While there are no new outbreaks in the province's healthcare facilities, B.C. continues to have outbreaks in 14 long term care homes and two acute care facilities.

Saturday was "the first day in some time" that the province did not have any new cases to report amongst residents of long-term care facilities, noted Henry.

Public health officially announced Friday that they are now dealing with a new community outbreak at a fruit processing plant in Abbotsford where five employees have tested positive.

There have been outbreaks at a number of food processors in recent weeks, including several chicken processing plants.

There are 303 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,057 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

There is one new community outbreak at Nature's Touch frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford. "They're a warning to us that as we're opening up more settings, we have to be vigilant".

She added that health officials have been looking at whether there are "reasonable smaller units" that geographic data could be reported in, but said B.C.'s health authorities are comparable in size to some of the reporting regions used by other provinces. "I know that was a challenge for some people", she acknowledged, "but really, this is the time that we need to be careful.

Take a few minutes to join the 286,000 British Columbians who have already completed the survey, or help someone else to do the same", she said.

Henry once again reminded people the restrictions are temporary.

"Our individual circumstances are unique, but the actions we can take to protect each other and ourselves are the same".

"That is going to be an absolutely critical if and when we open up our borders, particularly with the USA", she said.

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