Health officials provide daily COVID-19 update at 3 p.m.

Henrietta Strickland
May 29, 2020

Port Coquitlam's Nicola Lodge seniors' home is the latest such living facility identified as having an outbreak of COVID-19 thanks to one resident becoming infected, B.C.'s provincial health officer Bonnie Henry told media May 28.

Overall, she said, evidence continues to show children are less likely to transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults, or have severe cases of the illness or contract it at all. There are now five people associated with that outbreak who have tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, over 138,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in B.C.

He said operators of care homes around the province are still working to implement a public health order limiting employees to working at a single facility, describing that process as "challenging". Now that the peak of the crisis appears to have passed and surgeries are being rescheduled, Dix said almost 18,000 patients have been contacted about finding new dates for their procedures.

In a joint statement today, Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix reported nine new COVID-19 cases, two less than yesterday.

She said there were 52 cases among those ages 10-19 and three of those had ended up in hospital but none in intensive care.

As well, there was one more death recorded - it occurred in the Fraser Health region - increasing that total to 162 while 22 more people have recovered, leaving 244 active cases.

"I'm excited to hear that Vancouver is in the running, I would love to have hockey, but we have been clear that we will not bend the rules and sacrifice what we have achieved here", said Dr. Henry.

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. "Take a few minutes to join the 286,000 British Columbians who have already completed the survey, or help someone else to do the same", she said.

Once again, Henry called for decriminalization of drug possession and elimination of the stigma around drug use.

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