Who exactly is contracting COVID-19 in B.C.? A look at the province’s latest data

As of Saturday, British Columbia has reported 424 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10 deaths.

But so far, information on exactly who was getting sick with COVID-19 has not been fully clear.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry changed that Saturday by releasing the latest epidemiological data on those cases, showing the ages of people who have contracted the disease or died from it.

The data, which spans from the beginning of the outbreak in January to March 20, shows the disease has afflicted predominantly older age groups — much like the rest of the world.

“That represents the severity of this disease in older people,” Henry said.

The graph shown by Henry and posted to the government’s website shows roughly 60 per cent of cases are aged 50 and above, nearly half of whom are over 70 years old.

There are “very few” cases aged 10 to 19, Henry said, with none who are less than 10 years old.

A “cluster” of cases in their 20s, 30s and 40s reflects not only the number of health-care workers in B.C. who have contracted the coronavirus, Henry said, but also the roughly 20 people associated with last week’s Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver.

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