Farmers market restrictions relaxed, no new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Grant Boone
May 29, 2020

Since January, when the BC Centre for Disease Control first identified cases of COVID-19 in B.C., a total of 2,550 people have been diagnosed as having the virus.

No new health care outbreaks were reported; there are now 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have outbreaks.

No new cases were reported on Vancouver Island, with the total staying at 127. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care units have active outbreaks.

It was among nine new cases confirmed over the past day for the province as a whole and pushed the total since the pandemic broke out to 2,550.

There are no new health care outbreaks in the province. "Our food supply is safe, including products from facilities where there have been outbreaks of COVID-19", said Henry.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will give the update from Victoria Thursday afternoon.

"That's still a theory, but that's one of the things we're looking at", Henry said.

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While Henry did not say whether the person who tested positive was a resident of the care home or a staff member, a news release from Fraser Health indicates that it was a resident.

There are 241 active COVID-19 cases in B.C., with 33 people in hospital and six in critical or intensive care.

Once again Dr. Henry and Minister Dix are reminding the public to enjoy the beauty of their province closer to home, "and look to increase social interactions only after fully considering the risks to you and your family".

"Once we have a good understanding of how we are doing in mid-June, we'll have the data we need to determine our timing for further actions".

Two more residents of long-term care homes have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia, bringing the province's death toll from the coronavirus to 164.

Henry said research from Australia and New Zealand suggests children are more likely to be infected with COVID-19 from an adult than vice versa.

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