BC health officials announce 29 new coronavirus cases, four more deaths

Apr 24 2020, 4:07 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 29 new test-positive coronavirus cases, and another four deaths as a result of the virus, on Friday.

While no press conference was held, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in a joint statement that the total number of recorded cases in the province now sits at 1,853.

Broken down by health region, Henry said there are 767 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 772 in Fraser Health, 114 on Vancouver Island, 158 in Interior Health, and 42 in Northern Health.

Out of the total number of cases, 96 people are in hospital, with 41 in intensive care. A total of 1,114 people have fully recovered.

Friday’s full statement is below:

“Today, we are announcing 29 new cases, for a total of 1,853 cases in British Columbia.

“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 767 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 772 are in the Fraser Health region, 114 are in the Island Health region, 158 are in the Interior Health region and 42 are in the Northern Health region.

“We are saddened to report four new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions, for a total of 98 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

“There have been no new outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living or acute care in the last day. In total, 20 facilities and three acute-care units have active outbreaks, with outbreaks declared over at 10 care facilities.

“Public health teams are also providing support to a number of community outbreaks, and we expect to continue to see more cases in the coming days as contact tracing continues.

“As of today, two employees have been confirmed positive at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, and 35 employees have now been confirmed positive at United Poultry in Vancouver. Additionally, there are 10 confirmed positive cases connected to the Kearl Lake project in Alberta and 78 inmates and staff confirmed positive at the Mission Institution federal correctional centre.

“To date, 1,114 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 96 individuals are hospitalized, and 41 of those are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Maintaining a safe physical distance, washing hands frequently and staying home when ill continue to be the best things we can do to protect our communities and continue to bend the curve.

“While our weekends are a time to unwind and relax, the exception is with these important health measures. As you get outside and safely spend time with loved ones, let’s continue to stay strong and show care and compassion to those around us, by ensuring we do not undo all of our hard work and sacrifice.”