COVID-19 curve continues to trend downward in Island Health

By Cheryl Jahn	
		Thousands of COVID cases over the weekend

Henry reported 8,199 active cases of the virus in B.C. Monday, a decrease of 643 from Friday.

The child was from the Interior, but was being treated at B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver. "They have whole families who are admitted to the hospital", she said. "And the privacy, of course, of the family is paramount and we won't be adding any additional information".

This is the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in the province, though its not clear where the infant lived or when exactly the death occurred. That child had been getting specialized care at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

The coroners' service in B.C. has a process in place to investigate whether the illness was a factor in any sudden and unexpected deaths, she said. "As always, the coroner's investigation can take several weeks to months to complete, depending on the complexity of the situation". Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

Last week, Henry announced the death of a toddler due to COVID-19. This infant was among that small number. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"You can call 911".

"So far we're not seeing that happen here, but we will continue to pay attention", Henry said, urging people to seek medical care if they need it. "Our emergency departments are ready and active and safe for people to go to, whether it's for COVID or for non-COVID related emergencies".

This comes as B.C. reports 2,491 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, including 104 in Northern Health. In the Interior, there were 206 cases over the weekend.

The infant, whose death was announced Monday during a COVID-19 update, is now the youngest person to have died from the disease in the province. Seventeen more people died.

Two of the new deaths were in people over the age of 90, seven were in their 80s, five in their 70s, two in their 60s and one in their 50s.

"Again, this shows us how devastating this virus can be on people who are older", she said.

A total of 116,241 people who tested positive have now recovered, and to date, 1,635,372 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, 89,035 of which are second doses. "Our thoughts are with you during this very hard time". That's what we need to stop right now.