COVID-19: Young people hit harder by third wave in B.C. Close to 20 per cent of eligible people in B.C. vaccinated

“Over the past three weeks reported, the highest age-specific COVID-19 incidences, as well as steepest increase in trends, were among the 15 to 49 year-olds …,” BCCDC report states.

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COVID-19 is now hitting younger people harder than the elderly, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s latest situation report.

For the week ending March 27, 20 per cent of kids age 10-14 who were tested for COVID-19 were positive. And this was with more testing than usual.

The average test positive across all ages jumped to 12 per cent in that week (almost 15 per cent in the Vancouver Coastal Health region).

The report also shows cases accelerating in the younger age groups (15-49), while it’s flattening for the older groups.

“Over the past three weeks reported, the highest age-specific COVID-19 incidences, as well as steepest increase in trends, were among the 15-to- 49-year-olds, followed by the 10 to 14 and 50-59-year-olds,” the report states.

The average age of death from COVID-19 has fallen from 85 to 80 since the start of the year and people aged 70-and-over now account for just six per cent of cases.

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Despite accounting for the most cases (22,733) of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, no one has died in the 20-to-29 age category as of March 27.

However, while the lion’s share of COVID-19 deaths in B.C. have been in those aged 70-and-over (1,261 as of March 27) five people under 70 died in the most recent week reported and 41 people 30-to-49 have died of COVID-19 so far. No one under 30 has died of COVID-19 in B.C.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 997 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day and two deaths.

She said there were 8,728 active cases of the disease (including 266 that are variants of concern) and that 330 people were in hospital. There are 105 people in intensive care.

With close to a million doses of vaccine now injected, Henry said B.C. had almost 20 per cent of its eligible population immunized.

“To date, 946,096 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,504 of which are second doses. This is almost 20 per cent of those who are eligible for a vaccine in B.C.,” she said.

Henry said second doses of vaccine would be administered up to four months after the first, as per National Advisory Committee on Immunizations guidelines released Wednesday.

There has been 3,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C. This includes 2,837 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the U.K., 51 cases of the B. 1.351 variant first identified in South Africa and 878 cases of the P. 1 variant first identified in Brazil.

These variants are more contagious then the original coronavirus first identified in December 2019.

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