B.C. announces infant death linked to COVID-19 – Daily COVID-19 update

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An infant’s death in January has been linked to COVID-19, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.

Last week BC Coroners Service concluded its investigation into the death of the child — the youngest person in B.C. to die from the virus.

“An infant from the Interior Health authority was being treated at BC Children’s Hospital and died,” said Henry. She said the province would not provide any more details about the death.

Island Health 

Island Health reported 83 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend, bringing the total number of active cases to 265. Of those, 71 are in the central island region, 172 are in the south island and 22 are in the north, according to Island Health. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) dashboard shows 27 people in hospital, including four in ICU. One new death was reported, bringing the total to 35. 

Across B.C.

B.C. reported 2,491 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths since Friday. There are now 8,199 active cases, including 484 people hospitalized with the virus, 158 of them in critical care, according to the BC CDC. 

The province has administered 1,635,372 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, 89,035 of which are second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Across B.C., 116,241 people have recovered from COVID-19, including 4,190 in Island Health. There are 12,340 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.

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