Just three active COVID cases in northern B.C.

The province reported no new test positive cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C. Thursday, with the region's lab-confirmed total remaining at 60.

Of the Northern Health caseload, there are 57 people who have recovered, leaving just three active cases in the region. There is one person in hospital in critical care, and 5,057 people tested to date.

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Provincially, there were 12 new test positives reported May 21, which brings B.C.'s total to 2,479. Of those only 307 are active (-10).

The number of people who have active cases of the virus has been dropping steadily.

Some regions have far fewer active cases than other, but Dr Bonnie Henry was clear that she would not start having different restrictions in place in different health regions.

"We do know that people move," Dr Henry said.

Seniors' care homes and living facilities remain places that house many of the cases. There are now 14 active outbreaks at those care homes, as well as three acute-care facilities. That number is down one from Wednesday because an outbreak at the Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility has been declared over.

So far 537 infected people have had a connection to seniors' living facilities, including 329 residents and 208 workers.  

There were three new deaths reported Thursday, all in the Lower Mainland, with 152 deaths to date in B.C. There are 2,020 people who have recovered (+19).

There are 43 patients hospitalized (no change), 8 in critical care (-2), and the rest are at home in isolation.

There are 1,223 cases in the Fraser health region (+9), 887 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region (+2), as well as 183 in the Interior (+1), and 126 on Vancouver Island (no change).

The BC Centre for Disease Control says the risk of COVID-19 in the province is the lowest it has been since early March.

Second wave warned

B.C.'s latest community outbreak is at the medium-security Matsqui Institution.

This is the second correctional facility to have an outbreak, after a large one at the Mission Institution. There has only been one case so far recorded at the Matsqui Institution, and Henry said that the case was "identified early" and had "few risky contacts."

The outbreak at East Vancouver's United Poultry is newly considered to be over, and the plant has reopened. Outbreaks at other poultry-processing facilities that have had cases of the virus are also considered to be over.

Dr Henry warned that there could be a second wave of the virus.

She pointed to South Korea as a place that is currently battling a second wave of cases, with the outbreaks largely able to be traced back to people visiting nightclubs.

While B.C.'s restaurants and pubs have started to reopen, there is not yet any clear timeline in B.C. for when nightclubs will be able to reopen.

Across the border, there are 16 active cases, 199 recoveries, and 15 deaths in northern Alberta.

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— with a report from Glen Korstrom in Vancouver

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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