A medical assistant prepares to take a swab from a patient at a new drive-thru and walk-up coronavirus testing site on Saturday, April 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

B.C. records 33 new COVID-19 cases, one death

A new poultry plant has been closed down, this one in the Fraser Valley

B.C. has recorded 33 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as one more death due to the novel coronavirus.

In an update on Friday (May 1), health officials confirmed that B.C. has seen a total of 2,145 cases since early March.

That includes 823 within the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 978 in the Fraser Health region, 121 in the Island Health region, 174 in the Interior Health region and 49 in the Northern Health region.

“We are saddened to report one new COVID-19 related death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 112 deaths,” read a joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Of those who have tested positive for the disease, 1,357 have fully recovered, meaning there are 676 active confirmed cases.

Seventy-nine people remain in hospital, with 24 of those in intensive care.

Health officials said there are no new long-term care home outbreaks; 21 facilities and three acute-care units are dealing with ongoing outbreaks. Outbreaks at 12 facilities have been declared over.

Fifty-two employees have now tested positive at Superior Poultry in Coquitlam, as well as 35 at United Poultry in Vancouver. Both of those facilities remain closed with investigations ongoing.

On Friday, Fraser Health also closed down a poultry plant in the Fraser Valley where an employee has tested positive.

ALSO READ: Chilliwack poultry processing plant ordered to remain closed due to COVID-19

Dix and Henry noted that today marks National Physicians Day, as well as the start of National Medical Laboratory Week.

“It is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the dedication and contributions of our physicians, our medical laboratory professionals and all our other health-care workers – the people whose responsibility it is to care for all of us,” a joint statement read.

“Let’s honour and protect them by doing all we can to continue to flatten the curve. When we are outside this weekend, think of them and always keep a safe physical distance from those around you. Be 100% committed to keeping our firewall strong.”


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

Kootenay teachers’ union going to labour relations board over COVID-19 related work conditions

Union issues open letter to premier, education minister, health minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Two men killed in Hwy 3 collision west of Castlegar

The single-vehicle incident happened Thursday morning

Rec commission applies for grant for Castlegar Community Complex upgrades

Arena roof repairs and fitness centre expansion included in proposal

Central Mountain Air to offer flights out of Castlegar

The company will be offering Castlegar to Vancouver flights October 1.

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Most Read