Five more Interior residents have died from COVID-19

Five Interior COVID deaths

Five more people in B.C.'s Interior have recently died from COVID-19, bringing the total virus deaths in the region to 101.

Interior Health announced the recent deaths Wednesday, but the health authority did not say when the deaths occurred. Meanwhile, the province announced Wednesday there had been just two recent COVID-19 deaths across the entire province Wednesday, and it's unclear why there is a discrepancy between the two numbers.

“Sadly, Interior Health is reporting five new deaths due to COVID-19 today,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health.

“There is hope on the horizon as we get closer to the public vaccination clinics but until then, we all play a role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 so let’s focus on the public health measures that can protect ourselves and most vulnerable loved ones.”

IH says two of the new deaths are connected to the outbreak at Kamloops' Royal Inland Hospital. That outbreak was declared over Monday.

Another recent death was connected to the outbreak at Vernon's Creekside Landing care home, which was also declared over Wednesday. Two deaths have been connected to this outbreak.

A resident at Kamloops' Westsyde Care Residence group home has also died, bringing the deaths at this facility to two.

The fifth death was not associated with any current outbreaks in the region.

Case numbers at the remaining outbreaks at five Interior care homes and at Kelowna General Hospital have not changed since Tuesday:

  • Kelowna General Hospital – four patients, one staff
  • The Florentine in Merritt – two residents
  • Highridge/Singh House in Kamloops – five residents, eight staff
  • Westsyde Care Residence in Kamloops – 17 residents and 13 staff; two deaths
  • Brocklehurst Gemstone in Kamloops – 24 residents, eight staff; two deaths
  • Noric House in Vernon – 39 residents, 28 staff; 10 deaths

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