COVID-19 outbreak at United Poultry Company in Vancouver

Grant Boone
April 22, 2020

The numbers were revealed Tuesday afternoon by provincial officer of health, Dr. Bonnie Henry -with in the 707 Vancouver region, 715 in the Fraser region, 109 on Vancouver Island and 153 in the Interior region.

The bulk of those cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority which has had 700 cases and Fraser Heath which has 705 cases.

There 1724 cases of COVID-19 are now in British Columbia - including 40 in the Northern Health region. "We don't have any evidence that COVID-19 can be spread from meat and from the consuming of products like that or from packaging on meat or chicken in this case". Henry said some of those new cases were included in Monday's announcement of 23 new cases and the rest were announecd Tuesday.

She added that there was no change in the community outbreak in Bylands Nurseries in West Kelowna.

There has been no additonal transmissions from people who have come back to B.C. from the oilsands Kearl Lake Project in Alberta. An outbreak at a care home in the Lower Mainland as well as at the Okanagan Correctional Centre, where just a single case was identified, have been declared resolved. Officials closed the plant that day. As such, anybody with symptoms of the virus can be assessed and tested through their family physician, a nurse practitioner or a local community collection centre. "We need to have essential work done, but we need to make sure we have things in place to do our best to prevent it". "If you don't have symptoms, this test is not necessarily valid".

If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is associated with an outbreak. Now, the institute has 76 people who have tested positive, including 65 inmates and 11 staff.

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"We have to do everything we can to help flatten the curve". "From what I understand, that particular plant does less than four per cent of British Columbia production", said Vanderspek, who noted that approximately two million birds a week are processed in British Columbia.

"The new normal for coming months will have restrictions", she said. Across B.C. a total of 109 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 51 in critical care. It may not touch us personally.

"We need to focus that the storm has lessened before we relax conditions". Dix also highlighted that emergency room visits have been at typical levels and stressed that the healthcare system is available and there for people suffering from non-COVID-19 related matters.

The association's executive director, Jason Elligott, said distancing restrictions are a challenge for most sports activities including soccer and is looking for more clarity about what may be allowed.

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