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Deaths from COVID-19 trending younger in B.C.

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March 18, 2021 - 2:36 PM

Now that all residents and staff in long-term care homes in B.C. have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine, the proportion of deaths in that population has dropped dramatically.

In the ninth week of this year, Feb. 28 to March 6, only one of 24 deaths was associated with a long-term care facility. That’s four per cent of the deaths.

By contrast, the worst ratio during the pandemic was in week 51 (Dec. 13 to 19, 2020) when 78 of 112 deaths (70 per cent) were in long-term care.

The data, posted in a situation report on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website, makes it possible to compare the age groups contracting COVID-19 and dying from the disease now versus particular weeks in the past.

Not much has changed from six months ago (week 43, Oct. 18 to 24, 2020) in terms of the proportion of people in each age group getting sick.

The main difference is that only 18 per cent of the roughly 89,000 people who have tested positive for COVD-19 are aged 30 to 39. Six month ago, 20 per cent of cases were in that age group.

The shift has been to younger populations where 10 per cent of cases are in the 10 to 19 age group, up from seven per cent six months ago. That’s 8,293 cases.

Those under 10 years of age now make up five per cent of cases (3,952) versus four per cent six months ago.

There has also been a shift in the age groups of seniors dying from COVID-19.

The 80 to 89 age group accounts for 37 per cent of the province’s 1,411 deaths. That’s down from 40 per cent six months ago.

Twenty per cent of deaths have occurred in the 70 to 79 age group, up from 17 per cent six months ago

The other significant change is the fact that 11 people in the 30 to 39 age group have died. Six months ago, there were none.

No one under the age of 30 has died, although 215 have been hospitalized, with 47 of those being under the age of 10.

There have been 32 people under the age of 30 who required time in intensive care units, including four under the age of 10.

To see the Situation Reports and other data, go here.

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