VCH collected samples at three long-term care homes during outbreaks of COVID-19 to better understand the extent to which environmental contamination occurs in long-term care settings.
The updated numbers from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, bring total cases in British Columbia to 3,641 and deaths to 195. There have been 144 in Island Health, 369 in the Interior Health region, 88 in Northern Health and 63 cases in people who reside outside of Canada.
There are now two long-term care facilities and one acute care facility with active COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C.
A staff member at a long-term care home in Burnaby has tested positive for COVID-19, Fraser Health announced Friday.
Health officials say while person-to-person transmission is believed to be the primary driver of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, the findings, published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control, suggest medical equipment is a potential route for transmission of the virus. Of the 50 new cases, five cases are epidemiologically-linked, meaning people who were never tested but were presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case.
The worker from Dania Home is now self-isolating at home. Henry and Dix said health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.
"We can make this B.C. Day holiday weekend one where we find the right balance: having those important social connections with our friends and family, while taking precautions to protect ourselves and those around us", read the statement from Dix and Henry.
On Friday, the province released a website titled "Dr. Bonnie Henry's Good Times Guide", aimed at helping people recreate in a safe manner during the pandemic.