Thursday, January 28, 2021

Prince Rupert hears of its first death owing to COVID, with passing of Acropolis Manor resident

As the world moves into its second year of facing COVID-19, some sad news was delivered to Prince Rupert area residents by Northern Health today; with Health officials confirming the death of of an Acropolis Manor long term care resident, who passed away on January 27th.

The passing makes for the first resident of the city to have died due to conditions related to the current community outbreak of the coronavirus.

No other details related to the notice were released by Northern Health officials, who expressed their heartfelt condolences to this individual's family and friends and the staff who provided their care. 

As family, staff, other residents of Acropolis and the community at large mourn, the virus itself continues to increase in numbers, with Northern Health advising that the latest case count from the Prince Rupert long term care facility is now 38, with 24 residents and 14 staff members having tested positive for the virus.

That total, combined with the cases reported through an outbreak at School District 52 could put the Prince Rupert numbers closing in  on the fifty case mark, as a result of the recent surge in case reports since early January.

Yesterday we relayed data from the BC CDC that notes that prior to today's advisory from Northern Health, the current level of COVID cases in the city had been registered at 38, that as of the reporting period from January 17-23.

Northern Health has provided some additional details as to the measures that are in place as part of the response to the growing number of case reports.

As we outlined last week, Northern Health recently completed their current round of COVID-19 vaccinations. Northern Health has not indicated when the next round of vaccinations for the Prince Rupert area will take place.

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