British Columbia health officials announced 45 new test-positive COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the provincial total to 1,490.
Monday’s briefing encompassed new cases discovered over two days, since BC doesn’t update its coronavirus numbers on Sunday. According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 25 new cases were discovered between April 11 and April 12, and 20 new cases were discovered in the last 24 hours.
Henry also said 11 more people have died because of the virus. That brings the province’s coronavirus death toll to 69.
So far, 926 people have recovered from their illness, meaning the number of active infections sits at 564.
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The number of outbreaks at long-term care homes in the province remains at 20, with no new outbreaks reported.
The province is dealing with a growing outbreak at a federal prison in Mission, where the number of test-positive cases rose to 35 over the weekend. Eight of them have been taken to hospital.
“Quite a lot of transmission happened before the outbreak was recognized,” Henry said.
There’s also an outbreak among a group of temporary foreign workers a plant nursery in the Interior, where 20 people have tested positive.
Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also addressed concerns about people travelling on BC Ferries over the long weekend. Dix shared boarding numbers for various ferry routes, showing traffic was much lower than usual.
Henry said she wasn’t prepared to restrict ferry travel, since some essential workers may need to take the ferry to commute.
She ended with words of encouragement to those continuing to practice physical distancing.
“This is not forever, but it is for now. And what you’re doing is making a difference.”