BC health officials report 12 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

May 21 2020, 3:23 pm

British Columbia health officials announced 12 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 2,479.

In a press conference on Thursday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported three additional deaths, bringing the province’s total number of deaths to 152.

Currently, there are 307 known active cases of coronavirus in the province, and 2,020 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the total COVID-19 cases in BC, 43 individuals are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home.

Broken down by health region, there are 887 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,223 in Fraser Health, 126 on Vancouver Island, 183 in Interior Health, and 60 in Northern Health.

Henry reported there are no new outbreaks in long-term care facilities. However, there is a new community outbreak at the Matsqui Institution federal prison in Abbotsford where one person has been infected.

“This person was identified early and has very few risky contacts,” said Henry.

She also announced the outbreak at the United Poultry Company Ltd. in Vancouver has ended.