There have been no deaths in B.C. from COVID-19 among those under the age of 40, with the vast majority of deaths (88 per cent of all deaths) occurring among residents ages 70 and older.
However, the highest number of cases can be found in the 30 to 39 age range, with younger people (ages 20 to 39) representing the greatest portion of the recent spike in cases.
This, said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, is linked to social activity — parties and visits to bars.
Through Aug. 12, there have been 3,863 cases of COVID-19 cases in B.C., led by 691 among the 30-39 age group, 648 among the 20-29 age group and 635 among the 50-59 age group.
There have been 195 deaths:
• 81 among the 80-89 age range;
• 55 among the 90+age range;
• 35 among the 70-79 age range;
• 17 among the 60-69 age range;
• 5 among the 50-59 age range;
• 2 among the 40-49 age range.
Interestingly, there have been 78 cases among those ages 10 and under. That represents two per cent of all cases, while that age range comprises nine per cent of the province’s population. There have been 162 cases among those ages 10-19. That represents four per cent of all cases, while that age range accounts for 10 per cent of B.C.’s population.
Since the novel coronavirus arrived in B.C., there have been 550 people hospitalized, which comprises 14 per cent all those infected (3,863). The median age of those admitted to hospital is 69, while the median age of the 195 people who have died is 85.
Henry said the vast majority of cases have been linked to various local cases.
“There are very few people with no links to local cases,” she said, adding that other cases have been identified in residents returning from abroad and isolating and among some temporary foreign workers who have tested positive while in 14-day quarantine upon arrival in B.C.
“That averted outbreaks in farm settings,” she said.
While the provincial government has not released case numbers by community, it has revealed case numbers by health service areas within the five health authorities.
The Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap health service area within Interior Health — an area of 220,000 people that includes Kamloops and spans from Ashcroft to Revelstoke and from Williams Lake to Merritt — has recorded 82 COVID-19 cases to date.
Some who have recovered are not 100 per cent healthy
As for the virus’s impacts, Henry noted that even some of those who have recovered continue to battle illness.
“Some people have very severe illness and some people have long-lasting impacts, even with the milder forms of the illness,’ Henry said, noting younger people afflicted with COVID-19 are reporting profound fatigue that lasts for a long time.
Henry also noted that some people — more likely to be men for reasons not yet understood — have experienced increased clotting in their blood that can lead to heart attacks, brain injuries and pulmonary embolisms weeks later.
“We’ve also seen in teenagers and young adults that they can have a post-viral syndrome that can cause inflammation of the blood vessels,” Henry said. “We have not seen any positive cases yet in B.C. that have been diagnosed, but we are watching for it.
“We are learning more and we are learning there can be long-term impacts that can be quite severe for young people.”