BC reports 50 new coronavirus cases, three new deaths

Apr 27 2020, 3:28 pm

BC health officials have discovered 50 new test-positive COVID-19 cases since their last update Saturday, bringing the province’s total known case count to 1,998.

Three more people have died of the virus in BC, bringing the province’s coronavirus death toll to 103.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also said 1,190 people have now recovered from their infections.

Thanks to collective effort, the number of new cases is now levelling off, indicating we’ve slowed the rate of transmission, Henry said.

“It’s clear evidence that our sustained efforts to follow public health measures is working in BC,” she said.

Two more long-term care homes in the province have reported outbreaks, Henry said. They are the Valhaven Care Home and the MSA Manor, both in the Fraser Health region. A total of 21 long-term care facilities are currently dealing with outbreaks.

Henry also addressed the four community outbreaks BC is dealing with. At Superior Poultry, a chicken processing plant in Coquitlam, 25 employees have now tested positive for coronavirus. At United Poultry, a plant in the Downtown Eastside, 34 people have now tested positive.

There were no new cases discovered at the Mission Institution since Saturday. The case count there still sits at 118, with 106 inmates and 12 prison staff who developed infections.

More coronavirus cases associated with the Kearl Lake oil fields project in Alberta were discovered over the weekend, Henry said. There are now 11 cases linked to the site that employs hundreds of people, many of whom travel over the Alberta-BC border for work.

Henry used the opportunity to encourage employers to make accommodations to keep their staff safe during the pandemic.

“Protecting your employees protects your business and protects all of us,” she said, adding it’s imperative businesses “make sure people [are] not penalized for staying home when they are ill.”