B.C. confirms first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in a child

Grant Boone
October 18, 2020

Of those active cases, 72 people are in hospital with 26 in intensive care.

Bonnie Henry reports that there are 3,974 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), 5,800 in Fraser Health, 239 on Vancouver Island, 587 in Interior Health and 345 in Northern Health.

There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 250 deaths in British Columbia.

It was announced Tuesday (Oct. 13) that Site C experienced a third COVID-19 case since the pandemic began.

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Kin Village has been declared over.

Henry said the B.C. child, who is under the age of five, was found to have MIS-C and later tested positive for COVID-19, but has recovered. There are now 15 long-term care and assisted-living facilities with ongoing outbreaks, as well as two outbreaks in acute-care facilities.

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MIS-C first caught the world's attention in April after children in Italy and New York City tested positive for COVID-19 or antibodies, said Henry. and has since led to a worldwide effort to understand the new syndrome. Additionally, there continue to be community exposure events at other locations and on flights into and out of the province. "Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities' websites", reads the statement.

"Another important preventive measure is to get an influenza vaccine this fall", said Provincial Health Officer, Dr.Bonnie Henry, "vaccines are arriving in B.C. now and over the coming weeks".

For those that are planning on voting in person, there are a few reminders.

More than 9,200 people have recovered from COVID-19, but 3,683 remain as actively-monitored having come into contact with someone who was previously infected with the virus, marking a new provincial-high during the pandemic.

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, you can still vote without going to a voting place. Voters in those situations can call Elections BC at 800-661-8683 for information or assistance, Henry and Brown said.

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