BC health officials announce 25 new cases of coronavirus, one additional death

Apr 21 2020, 3:16 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, British Columbia health officials announced 25 new test-positive coronavirus cases and another death as a result of the virus.

During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the total number of recorded cases in the province now sits at 1,724.

Broken down by health region, Henry said there are 707 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 715 in Fraser Health, 109 on Vancouver Island, 153 in Interior Health, and 40 in Northern Health.

She added that 76 people associated with the Mission Federal Institution have now tested positive for the virus as well, including 65 inmates and 11 staff.

Out of the total number of cases, 109 people are in hospital, with 51 of those in intensive care. A total of 1,041 people “are now considered fully recovered,” said Henry.

Henry also spoke about the newly-identified outbreak at a Vancouver food processing plant.

“This came to light over the weekend, as Vancouver Coastal Health was investigating one of the community cases that had been identified, and it became apparent that there were a number of other people in the workplace who were positive, and we now have 28 employees who have tested positive for the virus,” she said. “Not all of those people are included in today’s numbers, a some of the testing was done yesterday, and will be reported in the coming days.

However, she said, ” we did get an updated outbreak report from VCH, and I’m giving you the numbers of cases that we know about right now.”

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