BC reports nine new coronavirus cases and two deaths

Henrietta Strickland
May 29, 2020

The provincial government has announced a new job portal to find up to 8,000 agricultural workers needed to deal with a major employee shortage created by the pandemic.

Bonnie Henry said Thursday she was pleased to announce the outbreak of COVID-19 at Mission Institution has ended after 120 inmates and several correctional officers tested positive for the virus and one inmate died. That leaves 244 active cases, which is the lowest level seen since March 19.

The province's death toll stands at 164.

Most of those battling the disease are self-isolating at home, but 37 have illnesses severe enough to be in hospital, while seven of those are in intensive care units. "They are active in supporting health care in communities across B.C. through the Community Paramedicine program".

Both of the latter happened in the Fraser Health Authority, where an outbreak at Nicola Lodge, a long-term care home in Port Coquitlam, was reported earlier in the day. There are now five people associated with that outbreak who have tested positive for COVID-19. An investigation is ongoing. "Businesses are reopening", Henry says.

Henry revised her order prohibiting the sale of merchandise at farmers' markets in the province. "We're doing that through our testing, contact tracing making sure we're managing all the outbreaks and cases", Dr. Henry said.

"The provincewide Your story, our future survey is an opportunity to share your personal experience with COVID-19 so far".

Regarding other restrictions, Henry said she expects those in the third phase of the province's restart plan to begin to be lifted by mid-June.

"The information you share is incredibly important and so is ensuring your confidentiality and data security".

"Our individual circumstances are unique, but the actions we can take to protect each other and ourselves are the same".

- With files from Megan Lalonde.

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