Young British Columbians hospitalized with COVID-19 are of concern, senior doctor says

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Young British Columbians hospitalized with COVID-19 are of concern, senior doctor says


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – British Columbia’s top doctor expresses concern about young people ending up in hospital due to COVID-19 as the province continues to immunize people against the virus.
Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said on Monday that an increase in cases and hospitalizations has mostly occurred in the Lower Mainland.

“Disturbingly, we are starting to see younger people who are affected ending up in hospital and in need of hospital and intensive care,” she said. “At the same time, we have more and more people protected by these vaccines, but we still don’t have enough protection to protect us all.”

“We have seen several young people in their 30s and 40s who, unfortunately, tragically have been severely affected by COVID,” Henry said, adding that data on the age of hospital patients was still being developed. ” [COVID_19] is always, of course, riskier with age, but as we protect more and more older people, we see risks in younger people. ”

New infections are coming from workplaces and exposures in homes, Henry added. She again reminded British Columbians to respect health rules, which means no more than groups of 10 people getting together and only outdoors.

“We know that the B.1.1.7 variant is more transferable. It’s much easier to spread it with even minimal contact in indoor environments, ”said Henry.

In the three-day period reported on Monday, 166 new variants have been identified retrospectively, bringing the total to 1,366 so far. Of these, 237 cases are active and the predominant strain remains variant B.1.1.7, first identified in the UK.

However, Henry said there was no increased risk of death or hospitalization despite the variants.

“Our overall hospitalization rate remains the same as what we have seen or slightly lower than what we see in the general population, around 5%. We haven’t seen an increase in deaths either, ”she said.

It comes as the province reported a three-day total of 1,785 new infections and sixteen more people have died from the virus, including one historic death. Henry confirmed that two of the people who died were long-term care residents.

There are no new epidemics and those at Florence General Hospital and Chilliwack are over.

How vaccines are used in British Columbia

Henry spoke about how the province is using COVID-19 vaccines while she and Health Minister Adrain Dix pointed out that daily infections are too high.

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Henry said the province would continue to tackle “hot spots” in areas considered high risk with the AstraZeneca vaccine “so that we can protect workers and, in turn, protect our communities.”

“We are using this vaccine with local medical officers of health and making decisions about where we see risks, epidemics and clusters right now to provide protection for frontline workers and those who work and live in environments risk where we have witnessed repeated transmission can be high and spread in our homes, in our communities, ”she said.

Moderna and Pfzier vaccines will be used for people receiving their vaccines across the province age-based program.

She noted that distribution is accelerating as more doses are delivered to Canada, putting British Columbia ahead of the population’s immunization schedule.

Dix said 10.5% of eligible British Columbians had been immunized with their first vaccine.

To date, more than 538,948 doses of vaccine have been administered in British Columbia



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