Vancouver Island adds 82 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death over weekend

Darnell Taylor
April 27, 2021

"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.

During a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 881 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 847 from Saturday to Sunday, and 763 from Sunday to Monday.

Since we last reported, we have had 466 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,632 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 82 in the Island Health region, 206 in the Interior Health region, 104 in the Northern Health region and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

In Interior Health, there are 614 active cases (down 188) with 38 people in hospital, 17 in ICU (up by six and five respectively).

Dr. Henry offered assurances that the infant's death is not a sign that there's a hidden uptick of deaths related to this disease, despite a recent spike in cases and reports from other parts of the country indicating people are dying at home alone from COVID-19.

On Monday, 71,736 patients recovered from COVID-19, including 13,674 recoveries from Pune, which is the highest such number in the state, he added.

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The coroners' service in B.C. has a process in place to investigate whether the illness was a factor in any sudden and unexpected deaths, she said.

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

The province has now identified a total of 126,249 coronavirus infections and suffered 1,571 related fatalities since the start of the pandemic. "Our thoughts are with you during this very hard time".

There are 484 people in hospital due to the virus, with 158 in Intensive Care. There are whole families admitted to hospital.

But Henry stressed that the province is far from having what's sometimes called "community immunity", or herd immunity, and that people who have just received their first dose need two to three weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are being vaccinated per day. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

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