B.C. reports 2491 cases, 17 deaths from the weekend

Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria Monday

Two of the people who passed away over the weekend were over the age of 90, seven were in the 80- to 89-year-old age range, five were in the 70 to 79 year old age group, there were two in the 60 to 69-year-old age range, and one person was in the 50 to 59 year age range. "Our thoughts are with you during this very hard time".

Only one was living in a long-term care home.

The baby, whose family is from the Interior Health region, was being treated at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver at the time.

Health officials have been working with the coroners' service as COVID-19 cases rose in recent weeks and they have not seen an increase in sudden deaths that should be investigated as possibly linked to the illness, she said.

The death was announced Monday because the coroner's investigation into the death just concluded, Henry said.

"This is, of course, the youngest death that we have had, tragically, in our province from COVID-19", the provincial health officer added. Citing the privacy of the family, Henry said officials "won't be adding any additional information". "They have whole families who are admitted to the hospital", she said.

Today, we are reporting on three periods: from April 23 to 24, we had 881 new cases, from April 24 to 25, we had 847 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 763 new cases.

Data showed the number of hospitalizations appeared to be plateauing but at a high level with 484 people in hospital.

There are now 8,199 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 484 people are in hospital, with 158 of them in critical care or ICU.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are being vaccinated per day.

In all, the province noted that more than 1.63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in B.C., 89,500 of which are second doses.

The province has now identified a total of 126,249 coronavirus infections and suffered 1,571 related fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

"So far we're not seeing that happen here, but we will continue to pay attention", Henry said, urging people to seek medical care if they need it. That's what we need to stop right now.

"All of us should celebrate every vaccine dose given", she said.

For the time being, that means avoiding indoor social gatherings, staying close to home and following all of B.C.'s current public health orders.

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