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COVID-19: BC reports increase of smallest number of cases in weeks

BY , Apr 17, 2020 1:44 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry responds to questions during a news conference about the provincial response to the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. is reporting two new outbreaks of COVID-19, one at a long-term care facility in Cranbrook and one at an acute care unit at the Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge.

In a statement, the province said new cases have also been identified at four long-term care facilities where outbreaks had previously been declared over.

Outbreaks are now confirmed at 26 long term care and assisted-living facilities and one acute care unit in the province.

There have been three additional deaths in B.C., bringing the provincial death toll to 78, along with 14 new confirmed cases of the disease for a total of 1,575.

A new order from provincial health offiecer Dr. Bonnie Henry is also in place, requiring agricultural employers to establish and maintain infection control plans.

The province said temporary foreign workers are arriving in B.C. for the season and they must self-isolate for 14 days.

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