B.C. confirms first case of COVID-19-linked syndrome in children

Henrietta Strickland
October 16, 2020

There have now been 10 deaths from COVID-19 in Lewis County, six of which have been in the past two weeks.

On Thursday, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments reported the 20th COVID-19-related death in the three-county region The man was a Bureau County resident in his 70's. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"The child has fully recovered and is now at home", said Henry.

Health Officer John McKellar said the increase in positive cases includes "clusters of cases associated with large gatherings of people", including church services and the return of students to in-person classes at their schools.

A day earlier, the provincial Health Ministry said that it was investigating 16 suspected cases of MIS-C, but Henry said that none of those children have tested positive for COVID-19.

Bonnie Henry says there are 1,494 active cases of the virus, including 74 people who are in hospital of whom 24 are in intensive or critical care.

Though demand has been unusually high this year and some pharmacies are already reporting running out of the vaccine, Henry said supplies will be replenished throughout the season.

She noted that she had seen some novel approaches to handing out candy this year, like attaching buckets to hockey sticks "which is of course very Canadian", or installing a slide tube to drop candy into children's buckets from a distance.

In many cases, health departments are unable to identify where a person was exposed because the coronavirus is so prevalent in the community.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is urging anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have come into contact with someone with the virus, to get tested. There have now been 239 cases discovered on Vancouver Island since the pandemic began.

Of those who have tested positive, 11% are first responders/health care workers. The third-most cases, with 365, were among people who live in the 98662 ZIP code, which covers parts of Vancouver, Brush Prairie, Five Corners and Barberton. Check back for updates.

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