Friday, April 24, 2020

29 new cases, four deaths mark Friday COVID update, along with more notes related to industrial site related outbreaks

There was no video presentation available for today's release of the latest data, though Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix did announce by way of a statement that 29 new cases were reported over the last 24 hours, making for a total of 1,853 cases in British Columbia.  

Of that count, 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, which is the same level as recorded on Thursday.

Today's statement did provide another unfortunate relay of the passing of more British Columbians from the COVID-19 virus.

 “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." 

Friday's statement also made note that 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.

The government statement also provided an update on the status of some of the recent industrial and correctional centre outbreaks:

“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.

Of the confirmed cases in British Columbia since the outbreak began, 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."

You can review the Friday information update here.

The BC Centre for Disease control has some valuable Coronavirus notes related to COVID-19 you can explore that information here.

You can learn more about the outbreak from both the Province and the Federal government from the links below:

Federal Government site

British Columbia Government site

The World Health Organization website also offers up the latest advisories on the global situation.

More from  Northern Health can be reviewed here 

You can review our archive of past statements and local information here.

Local governments and organizations have also provided for increased awareness of COVID-19 issues, the string of statements that came quickly at the end of the week can be reviewed here.

For notes from across Canada and British Columbia we have been archiving the latest items through our political portal Darcy McGee

Ottawa Observations

Victoria Viewpoints

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