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Sun Apr 26, 2020, 07:56 PM

Disability advocates say B.C.'s woman's death shows need for clearer COVID-19 policy

Disability advocates say the lonely death of a non-verbal B.C. woman is far from an isolated case in Canada and underscores the need for a clear policy on who, exactly, is an essential hospital visitor during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ariis Knight had cerebral palsy and communicated with her family and support workers through her eyes and facial expressions. She was admitted to Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock on April 15 with symptoms of congestion, fever and vomiting, but did not have COVID-19.

Her support staff were not permitted access due to restrictions put in place during the pandemic. Not long after being admitted, Knight was put on end-of-life care, and died days later. She was 40 years old.

Link to the rest: https://globalnews.ca/news/6869079/coronavirus-bc-disability-death-reaction/

This is not ok. There are less than 100 hospitalized for COVID-19 in BC. This woman was denied her ability to communicate. If this is ok who else do we let die in our lack of planning?

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