B.C. reports death of infant linked to COVID-19

The infant lived in the Interior Health region and was being treated at BC Children's Hospital

An infant's death has been linked to COVID-19, becoming the youngest in the province to die due to the disease.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the infant, who lived in the Interior Health region, died in January while being treated at BC Children's Hospital.

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Henry also said the province has engaged with the coroners service to investigate sudden unexplained deaths at home since the beginning of the pandemic.

In response to reports of deaths at home due to COVID-19 in other parts of the country, Henry said several hundred such investigations have been completed in B.C., but only a "very small number" has been determined to be linked to COVID-19.

Henry also said no spike in deaths at home has been seen in recent weeks. She urged anyone who is at home, isolating with COVID-19, to call 811 for support and advice, or 911 for concerning symptoms, such as shortness of breath.

At Monday's COVID-19 briefing, B.C. health officials reported an additional 2,491 cases of COVID-19 and 17 further deaths over the three-day weekend period.

The province now has 8,199 active cases, with 484 in hospital and 158 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Two of those who died were over the age of 90, seven were in their 80s, five in their 70s, two in their sixties and one person in their 50s died.

The three-day reporting period includes 466 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 632 in Fraser Health, 82 in Vancouver Island Health, 206 in Interior Health, 104 in Northern Health and one case in a non-resident of Canada.

Another 12,340 people are isolating and being monitored by public health due to exposure to COVID-19.

An additional 93,306 doses of vaccine were given over the weekend, bringing B.C.'s total to 1,635,372 doses given, including about 89,000 second doses.

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