British Columbia health officials have discovered 35 more test-positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the province’s confirmed case count to 1,445.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also said Saturday that three more people have died from their infections, bringing the province’s death toll to 58.
“Our thoughts are with their families, their caregivers, and all of us who are affected,” Henry said, adding she feels for “those who have died when it’s such a challenge to come together and celebrate people’s lives.”
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So far 905 people have fully recovered from their illness, meaning the number of active known infections in the province is 540.
There are still ongoing outbreaks at 20 long-term care facilities in BC, and a federal prison in Mission, BC is also dealing with a troubling outbreak. Twenty-six inmates and gaurds there have tested positive, and five people have been sent to hospital.
Around the province, 134 people are in hospital because of their coronavirus infections, including 63 who are in intensive care units.
The province has also implemented new guidelines for international travellers returning from abroad. They’ll be asked to submit a self-isolation plan for approval.
Henry once again drove home the message that people should stay home and avoid all unnecessary journeys around the province.
“We hope everyone is home, spending time with their close family — with their households.”