BC reports 10 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths

May 23 2020, 1:13 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 10 new cases of coronavirus Saturday, amid new outbreaks in the Fraser Health region at a fruit processing plant and a federal prison.

These bring the province’s total case count to 2,517.

Broken down by health region, that’s 890 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,244 cases in Fraser Health, 127 cases in Island Health, 194 cases in Interior Health, and 62 cases in Northern Health.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced two new deaths in long-term care homes, bringing the province’s death toll to 157.

“It speaks to the challenges and the devastation that this virus can cause when it gets into our long-term care homes,” she said. “It’s why we continue to have the control measures.”

So far, 2,057 people have recovered from their illness, meaning there are only 303 active infections in the province.

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

There’s also an outbreak at the Mountain Institution federal prison in Aggasiz, Henry added. Both of these outbreaks are in the Fraser Health region.

She reminded people that even though the province is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan, gathering in groups still carries risk.

“Gatherings of any kind are a risk right now,” she said.

Since the coronavirus has a fairly long incubation period of 14 days, Henry said we won’t see the impact of easing restrictions on case count until next week.