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COVID-19: Metro Vancouver playgrounds set to reopen Monday

COVID-19: Metro Vancouver playgrounds set to reopen Monday”

The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

The number of recoveries also outnumbered new infections, continuing a downward trend in active COVID-19 cases that the province has been enjoying for several weeks.

Now that the peak of the crisis appears to have passed and surgeries are being rescheduled, Dix said almost 18,000 patients have been contacted about finding new dates for their procedures.

Both of the latter happened in the Fraser Health Authority, where an outbreak at Nicola Lodge, a long-term care home in Port Coquitlam, was reported earlier in the day.

There are now 37 people in acute care in hospital and seven are in intensive care.

For the first time since April 17, Dr. Henry had no new deaths to report from the virus.

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Since COVID-19 has a two week incubation period, any new cases as a result of the ease in restrictions will start to appear over the coming week.

Regarding other restrictions, Henry said she expects those in the third phase of the province's restart plan to begin to be lifted by mid-June.

Henry said health officials are working to ensure a safe supply of drugs for those who use illicit substances, but the overdose crisis remains a "complex problem" with no easy solution.

She added the Mission prison outbreak, which included 120 positive cases and one death, was one of the largest outbreaks in the province, while commending the efforts to get it under control.

"This is a very risky situation for people who end up using alone because they are afraid or ashamed to talk to their family ... about their drug use", she said.

There are no new health care outbreaks in the province. "Our food supply is safe, including products from facilities where there have been outbreaks of COVID-19", said Henry.

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