COVID-19 in B.C.: Over 300 new instances; virus transmission between people and cats; and extra

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The number of new cases remained above the 300 mark today, but active cases continue to decline.

The BC Center for Disease Control (BCDCC) and the BC Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries are conducting a study to investigate the transmission of COVID-19 from humans to cats. According to the BCCDC, there is evidence that some animals can become infected and transmit the virus indirectly.

Participants will take part in two 15-minute telephone interviews and must be able to place their cat (or cats) in a transport container (which can be provided) on a doorstep at two sampling times.

If a cat tests positive, sampling will continue on a weekly basis until the cat tests negative.

Eligible individuals include anyone in the Lower Mainland who has one or more human cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the household seven days or less prior to the first sampling visit. These cases must be treated at home (not in a hospital or other facility) and both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases are acceptable.

Up to three cats per household can participate.

All details are available on the BCCDC website.

BC Center for Disease Control

BC has 317 new cases today, according to a joint statement from BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Secretary of Health Adrian Dix. By region, this includes:

  • 163 new cases at Fraser Health;
  • 73 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
  • 60 in domestic health;
  • 16 in North Health;
  • five in Island Health;
  • nobody from outside Canada.

The number of active cases continues to decline. Today there are 3,441 active cases, 102 fewer than yesterday.

In contrast, cases in hospitals increased by six people today to 292 people in hospitals, with 79 of those patients in intensive care units (a decrease of nine patients since yesterday).

Unfortunately, there are two new deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 1,692 deaths.

With 431 recoveries since yesterday, a cumulative 138,360 people have recovered.

During the pandemic, BC reported a total of 143,581 cases.

As part of BC’s vaccination program, 3,106,269 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca were administered in BC, of ​​which 160,885 were secondary doses. This means that 67 percent of all adults and 63 percent of those 12 and over received their first dose.

Island Health announced today that it reached a milestone on May 27 when half a million people (500,000) in its area received their first dose.

BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix Province of British Columbia

Today, Fraser Health declared a health care outbreak around Brookside Lodge in Surrey, where a resident and employee have tested positive so far.

Vancouver Coastal Health lifted the restrictions (which were imposed on April 28) Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver on May 27th.

There were no new community outbreaks or public exposure events.

In an update on an outbreak in the Location C April Northern Health stated that the outbreak involved 59 cases (13 cases since the last update), 51 people have recovered and eight cases are still active.

Interior Health recorded two locations from Tim Hortons due to COVID-19 this will be closed until June 4th:

  • 1901 Harvey Avenue in Kelowna;
  • 1572-2271 Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.

Fraser Health added two stores that closed on May 27 due to COVID-19:

  • Go Dodge Surrey (6280 120th Street) in Surrey (partial closure – body shop only);
  • CIBC Coquitlam (1410 Parkway Boulevard East) in Coquitlam.

T&T supermarket listed one part-time worker who last tested positive and was working at the Marine Gateway Store (458 Southwest Marine Drive) in Vancouver on May 18.

Sobeys listed two of his stores whose employees tested positive:

  • an employee at Frugal foods (311 Edgemont Boulevard) in north Vancouver, which last tested positive on May 23;
  • An employee who last tested positive was working on May 22nd Safeway at 697 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna.

MC Donaldss listed two locations where an employee at each location tested positive and last worked on May 24th:

  • 4801 Hastings Street in Burnaby;
  • 20390 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge.

The BC Center for Disease Control (BCDCC) has added two flights to its public exposure lists (information on affected lines is provided on the BCCDC website, if available):

  • May 23: Flair Flight 8312, Toronto to Vancouver;
  • May 26: Air Canada Flight 997, Mexico City to Vancouver.