COVID-19: B.C. confirms first case of childhood inflammatory syndrome

Henrietta Brewer
October 18, 2020

There are now 74 individuals in hospital with COVID-19, a drop of 11 patients since Wednesday, with 24 patients currently in critical care or ICU.

According to the Ministry of Health, broken down by health region, this equates to 4,036 cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, 5,884 in the Fraser Health Region, 240 in the Island Health Region, 590 in the Interior Health Region, 350 in the Northern Health Region, and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There is one new death, bringing B.C.'s death toll to 251.

On Thursday, Henry's update included the first confirmed case of multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare condition found in children, that has been linked to COVID-19 through laboratory tests.

Officials previously investigated 16 other children for possible MIS-C, but none of them tested positive for COVID-19 or for COVID-19 antibodies. Symptoms of MIS-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes and feeling exhausted.

We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are no new health-care facility outbreaks, though there remain 19 active outbreaks. There are now 15 long-term care and assisted-living facilities with ongoing outbreaks, as well as two outbreaks in acute-care facilities.

With the provincial election just over a week away, Henry and Brown used their statement to reassure voters that Elections BC has COVID-19 safety plans in place for all of its polling places.

She says those who are self-isolating or feeling unwell can still vote without going to a voting place and should contact Elections BC at 1 800 661-8683 for more information or assistance.

Fittingly, with today being International Handwashing Day, Dr. Henry once again reminded British Columbians the importance of the practice.

Health officials say flu shots are safe, effective, and recommended for everyone six months of age and older.

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