Child under 2 dies of COVID-19 as BC reports 2,960 new cases

Apr 19 2021, 2:45 pm

British Columbia health officials announced on Monday there have been 2,960 new test-positive COVID-19 cases reported since Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 120,040, and the first recorded death of a child under two years old.

During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 1,027 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 933 from Saturday to Sunday, and 1,000 from Sunday to Monday.

Broken down by health region, this equates to 696 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,845 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 108 in the Island Health region, 211 in the Interior Health region, and 100 in the Northern Health region.

There are 9,353 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 14,711 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Of the active cases, 441 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 138 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

There were also eight new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 1,538 deaths in British Columbia. One of these deaths was a child under the age of two who had pre-existing health conditions and died from complications brought on by contracting the disease.

The child resided in the Fraser Health Authority, and “was receiving specialized care at BC Children’s Hospital,” said Henry. “Our condolences are with the family, friends, caregivers and communities of this child and with all the people who have passed away due to COVID-19.”

There are currently 5,872 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in our province. Of the total cases, 191 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 3,908 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 71 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 1,893 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

A total of 108,919 people who tested positive have recovered, and 1,380,160 of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,970 of which are second doses.

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