BC reports infant death due to COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria Monday

"Before if someone got sick from a contact at work and came home, there might have been one or two other people in their family who caught it". "Our thoughts are with you during this very hard time".

One of the deaths was the infant, now the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in the province, Henry said. There are 38 people in hospital with the virus and 17 in intensive care.

Henry also confirmed that the death of an infant in the Interior Health region this past January was COVID-19 related, saying she announced the death today because the coroner's investigation has just concluded.

The child was from the Interior, but was being treated at B.C. 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.

It means the provincial COVID-19 death toll stands at 1,571 people.

Henry said that limited information on the baby's death would be included in a surveillance report being released later this week, but beyond that no further details will be provided.

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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.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, today (April 26) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia.

Active cases and the amount of new cases have fallen roughly 20 per cent since the peak of the third wave. The rolling weekly average for new infections continued dropping over the weekend, reaching 887 per day on Monday - the lowest it's been since April 2.

There are now 8,199 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 484 people are in hospital, with 158 of them in critical care or ICU. That's down from 8,842 on Friday, and an all-time high of 10,081 on April 16.

Dr. Henry said, to date, B.C. has delivered 1,000,635,372 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines across B.C. with 89,035 second doses being delivered.

More than 1.6 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the province so far, including just over 89,000 second doses. "We all, right now, need to continue to do those things that prevent transmission of the virus".

"All of us should celebrate every vaccine dose given", she said.

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