BC announces 78 new virus cases, new outbreak at Oliver prison

78 new cases, no deaths

A second COVID-19 outbreak has occurred at the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver.

During her daily update Thursday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed a community outbreak at the jail.

Henry says to date three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

"The investigation is ongoing," said Henry.

Full outbreak protocols have been instituted.

A previous outbreak at the jail in April resulted in one positive test of an inmate.

During her update, Dr. Henry says 78 news cases have been detected over the past 24 hours, bring the total number of positive cases to 4,274, including 398 within the Interior Health region. A total of four new cases were detected in the IH region in the past day.

There are 578 active cases in the province. Nine of those are in hospital, with four of those are in critical care or ICU.

In all, 3,500 people have recovered.

Henry says 1,878 people are in isolation after having close contact with someone who has tested positive. They are being monitored by health authorities around the province.

No new deaths were reported Thursday, and no new outbreaks within the health care system.

There are seven which remain active within the health care system, six in long-term care and one in acute care.



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