B.C. reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, new case linked to federal prison

British Columbia has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, along with two new deaths.

Both deaths were in a long-term care home in the Fraser Health region.

It brings the province’s case total to 2,517, about 82 per cent of which have recovered, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

B.C.’s death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 157.

Henry said there were no new outbreaks in long-term or acute care, but that Fraser Health was investigating a new community outbreak reported at Nature’s Touch, an Abbotsford frozen fruit packing facility on Friday.

“This one was caught relatively early,” said Henry. “They’ll be continuing the investigation over the coming days.”

Five employees at the plant have tested positive for coronavirus, and the facility has closed voluntarily.

Henry said a second case linked to an outbreak at a federal prison has also been identified. The Correctional Service of Canada says one inmate at the Mountain Institution tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

Henry said Saturday that a staff member has now also tested positive. It was not immediately clear which facility the employee works at.

As of Saturday, there were 39 people in hospital with COVID-19 and eight people in intensive care.

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