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B.C. confirms another COVID-related infant death, records 17 fatalities over weekend

Last Updated Apr 26, 2021 at 5:27 pm PDT

FILE -- Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy B.C. Government)

Dr. Bonnie Henry confirms COVID-19 was a factor in infant's death in January

B.C. recorded nearly 2,500 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths over the weekend

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The province has confirmed that the death of an infant from within the Interior Health Authority back in January was related to COVID-19.

“The infant … was being treated at BC Children’s Hospital and died. The coroner’s investigation, which concluded last week, determined that COVID-19 was indeed a factor in this infant’s death,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday.

“This is, of course, the youngest death that we have had tragically in our province from COVID-19,” she said, declining to share any further information for privacy reasons.

Last week, B.C. reported another child under the age of two had died as a result of complications from COVID-19. Henry noted that child had pre-existing health conditions.

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B.C. recorded 17 deaths over the weekend, for a total of 1,571.

Of the new deaths, Henry said two of the people were 90 years of age or over. Seven of the patients were aged 80 to 89, five were aged 70 to 79, two were aged 60 to 69, and one was aged 50 to 59.

One of the people who died was in long-term care.

There were 2,491 new cases recorded over the weekend with a gradual and slight decline in the daily case count over three days. There were 881 cases reported Saturday, 847 on Sunday, and 763 on Monday.

There are currently 484 people in the hospital, 158 of whom are in intensive care.

On the vaccine front, 1,635,372 doses have been administered, more than 93,000 of which were given since Friday.

Anyone aged 18 and up can register now for a COVID-19 vaccine dose under the age-based program. People aged 40 and up can book directly with a pharmacy to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.