The First Covid-19 death in Canada has been reported in British Columbia. At a news conference on Monday March 9th, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry along with Health Minister Adrian Dix, announced that a man in his 80’s who was diagnosed with the virus last week, died this past Sunday night. He was a resident of a long-term care home in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley and had underlying health conditions. Another woman in her 70’s at the care home, who was also diagnosed this past Saturday with the virus, is in stable condition and being monitored.
Officials from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have been at the care home since a woman who worked at the centre and at other facilities in Metro Vancouver was diagnosed with the virus. They believe they contracted the virus from her and an investigation following VCH’s outbreak protocol is underway. They are tracking other places where the infected worker may have been – while testing and monitoring of residents at the long-term care home in North Vancouver continues. Another health care worker, a woman in her 40’s living in the Fraser Health Region, also tested positive and is in isolation at her home.
First COVID-19 death in Canada
To date, the province has 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with one being the first known case of community transmission of the virus. They have identified those who had close contact with the person and they are in isolation and being monitored. There have also been two other cases identified that are related to international travel – both live in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, a woman in her 50’s who recently travelled to Iran and a man in his 30s who recently visited Italy. They are both are in isolation at home. As of Monday morning March 9th, there were more than 70 confirmed and presumed cases in Canada.
Feature image: Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix