Interior Health announces second death from COVID-19

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Interior Health reported that COVID-19 claimed responsibility for a man in his 60s. This is the second death of coronavirus in the region. (Archive photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Another person from the inland health region died from COVID-19.

The health authority reported that a man in his 60s died on April 27 after being admitted to hospital in early April.

“Our hearts are with family and friends,” said Karl Hardt, senior communications consultant.

He noted that Interior Health could not provide additional details due to confidentiality protocols.

This brings the total number of deaths in domestic health to two. A man in his sixties died from the virus two weeks ago.

At the other end of the age scale, the number of children with COVID-19 in British Columbia. remains small, says Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health worker.

Today, she reported that B.C. does not see some of the complications in children as evident in the UK.

She said there were five cases in British Columbia. under the age of 10, including a baby. There are 14 cases in children aged 10 to 19 years. Currently, there is only one child in the hospital, she noted.

Henry has reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia today, bringing the total to 2053. The Indoor Health Region has 168 cases.

Henry said there were no new long-term care outbreaks, noting that 12 were declared terminated.

Provincial health officials continue to monitor two poultry outbreaks involving 80 cases of COVID-19. In addition, the Mission’s Federal Correctional Center has a total of 120 inmates with the virus (two new cases today).

A total of 941 people are currently hospitalized in British Columbia, including five at Interior Health.

A total of 105 people in British Columbia died from the virus. But the good news is that more than 1,200 people have recovered, said Henry.

The health worker recognized National Day of Mourning today, saying that everyone deserves a safe place to work.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said people need to be vigilant, especially in the workplace, as has been observed recently.

Dix reported that there are more than 4,000 beds available in British Columbia. hospitals right now, with up to 4,448 emergency room visits (yesterday) compared to 5,500 before the pandemic. Three weeks ago, there were less than 3,000 emergency room visits, he said.

Dix said the province is still following the demand for personal protective equipment.

The minister said that increased economic activity in British Columbia. and relaxing restrictions during the pandemic requires a 100% commitment from everyone in the province.

Dix has stated that he wants to renew British Columbia. without restarting the virus, adding that protecting employees protects the company.

“Physical distance saves lives. “

During question period, Henry said that she was not aware of any outbreaks resulting from the transfer of a long-term care facility. She noted that the policy states that clients must be isolated for 14 days after being admitted to long-term care.

Henry was asked that some nurses feel compelled to work when they are not 100% ready for the job.

She admitted that this was a difficult situation, because specific skills are scarce in the workplace.

He was also asked if the latest community outbreaks had pushed the province back in lifting the restrictions by mid-May.

Henry did not necessarily say, noting that they are watching indicators and are still considering easing the restrictions by the middle or end of May.

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