Thousands of COVID cases over the weekend

Thousands of COVID cases over the weekend

There are 8,199 active cases, including 484patients in hospital and 158 in ICU.

Since March 2020, B.C. health officials have worked with the Coroners Service to establish a protocol that includes COVID-19 assessment for potential infection in all unexpected death investigations, explained Henry.

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.

Since we last reported, we have had 466 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,632 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 82 in the Island Health region, 206 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

Of the active cases, 484 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 158 of whom are in intensive care.

Dr. Henry said doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected next week, making it the fourth vaccine available in B.C.

"The coroner's investigation, which concluded last week, determined that COVID-19 was indeed a factor in this infant's death".

Henry noted 1,635,372 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to British Columbians to date.

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.

"The family has been notified and Interior Health is working with them".

The service has investigated several hundred of those deaths since last March and a "very small" number have been linked to COVID-19, she said.

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

Seventeen more people have died of COVID-19 in the past three days, raising the provincial death toll to 1,571.

That said, Dr. Henry added that B.C.is far from having community immunity, and even if you've had your jabs it will take some time for your own immune system will kick in.

"We are still seeing that transmission is primarily related to social connections in people's homes, where they have groups of people, when they're meeting with groups of people indoors", she said. "But now we're seeing everybody get it", she said. "When we are immunized we protect not just ourselves but our coworkers, families and our communities". We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

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