B.C.’s health minister says a dairy farmer has died in an unexpected accident after accidentally spilling a cow’s milk.
Health Minister Shannon Phillips says Dr. John D. MacDonald, a member of the B.S. Dairy Farmers Association, is the third person to die in the province since the start of the new season.
In an email, Phillips says MacDonald’s death is being treated as an accident and is being investigated.
The incident occurred Thursday afternoon when MacDonald, 57, accidentally spilled milk while working on a dairy cart on his property in Prince Rupert.
Phillips says MacDonald was at the dairy cart with his partner and two other workers.
“When they opened the lid to collect the milk, the lid came off and spilled into the cart,” Phillips said in the email.
“The milk spilled into his hand and onto the ground.
It appears he was holding onto the cart as the cart was lifting.”
Phillips said MacDonald’s health deteriorated rapidly and he was taken to hospital.
McDonald’s death comes at a difficult time for the province, as it struggles to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 200 people.
This is the fourth coronaviruses-related death in the Lower Mainland in the past four weeks, according to health officials.
More than 400 B.L.C. people have tested positive for coronavirochids, which are airborne bacteria that can cause severe and sometimes fatal illness.
A recent analysis found more than 70 per cent of the people who have tested negative for the coronaviral diseases were already vaccinated.
For more information about coronavirence, visit coronavievirus.ca.