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‘Very small number’ of Downtown Eastside residents have COVID-19 (Dr. Daniel Kalla, SPH)

The chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health said Tuesday there is a “very small number” of residents in the Downtown Eastside with COVID-19 (Photo credit: Delta-Optimist)

The number of people in the Downtown Eastside who have contracted COVID-19 remains low but health officials still refuse to release specific numbers.

But Dr. Patricia Daly, the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, did provide a percentage of those infected with the disease in a presentation Tuesday to Vancouver city council.

As of Monday, 795 people had been infected with COVID-19 in the region. Dr. Daniel Kalla, head of the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital, told Glacier Media April 21 there were 35 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the region, with 10 on ventilators. St. Paul’s had seven of those patients, with four on ventilators.

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