Coroner investigation confirms infant from Interior died of COVID-19

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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.

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.

Only one was living in a long-term care home.

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

Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19.

"This is, of course, the youngest death that we have had, tragically, in our province from COVID-19", the provincial health officer added. "They have whole families who are admitted to the hospital", she said.

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 family has been notified but no additional details will be released due to privacy reasons.

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Of the new cases identified over the weekend, 881 were recorded from Friday to Saturday, followed by 847 from Saturday to Sunday and 763 from Sunday to Monday. 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.

Of the active cases, 484 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 158 of whom are in intensive care. That's down from 8,842 on Friday, and an all-time high of 10,081 on April 16.

Data showed the number of hospitalizations appeared to be plateauing but at a high level with 484 people in hospital. A further 116,241 people who tested positive have recovered.

Henry stated that "there have been some concerns from other parts of the country that people are who are dying at home from COVID-19.and that of course is a awful tragedy".

We encourage everyone to register on the Get Vaccinated website - whether they are getting their vaccine as part of the age-based program, worker program or at their local pharmacy.

"We all, right now, need to continue to do those things that prevent our transmission of the virus from us to somebody else", she said.

For the time being, that means avoiding indoor social gatherings, staying close to home and following all of B.C.'s current public health orders.

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