No new COVID cases reported in northern B.C.

The province reported no new test positive cases of COVID-19 in northern B.C. Saturday, with the region's lab-confirmed remaining at 62.

Provincially, there were 10 new test positives reported May 23, which brings B.C.'s total to 2,517. Of those 303 are active.

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Of the Northern Health caseload, there are 58 people listed as recovered. There is one person in hospital in critical care, and 5,200 people tested to date.

There were two new deaths reported Saturday, both in long-term care in the Fraser health region, with 157 deaths to date in B.C.

There are 2,057 people who have recovered (+15), or 82% of test positive cases.

There are 39 patients hospitalized (-2), 8 in critical care (no change), and the rest are at home in isolation.

There are 1,244 cases in the Fraser health region (+8), 890 cases in the Vancouver-Coastal region (+2), as well as 194 in the Interior (no change), and 127 on Vancouver Island (no change).

A new COVID-19 outbreak has been identified at a frozen fruit processing plant in Abbotsford.

Fraser Health announced late Friday that five employees at Nature's Touch have tested positive for the virus and case and contact management is ongoing.

Fraser Health says it has inspected the fruit processing plant and is working to ensure the safety of all employees.

"All close contacts of the employees who tested positive are being followed and Nature's Touch has voluntarily closed the facility until Monday," the regional health authority says in a statement.

Across the border, there are 19 active cases, 200 recoveries, and 15 deaths in northern Alberta.

Northern town hall

A virtual town hall will be held Thursday, May 28, to answer questions about B.C.'s economic restart plan and its plan to resume surgeries.

Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton will answer questions from residents.

The town hall will be livestreamed on the provincial government's Facebook page from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., and will be hosted by MLAs Jennifer Rice and Coralee Oakes.

Learn more and submit your questions by clicking here.

— with a report from The Canadian Press

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

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