COVID-19 Outbreak Declared on Haida Gwaii

Kathy Brookes

Northern Health has declared COVID-19 outbreak on Haida Gwaii.

A notice from the health authority this afternoon says ongoing contact tracing has confirmed a total of 13 cases at this time on Haida Gwaii.

All are local residents.

Twelve of the cases are considered active, and one has recovered. 

Northern Health says all of the cases are epidemiologically linked --  while the initial sources of transmission are still being investigated -- it is believed that all cases are either residents who had recently travelled off-island -- or had exposure to other residents who had recently travelled off-island. 

All of the active cases are self-isolating at home and clear processes are in place for identifying and informing close contacts -- so they can take appropriate precautions. 

There is no evidence at this time of wider community transmission of COVID-19 on Haida Gwaii.

Northern Health also says -- at this time -- there are no impacts on acute care services at hospitals on Haida Gwaii.  

Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority are working with Council of the Haida Nation and municipal governments on Haida Gwaii to coordinate community responses and medical supports which includes providing housing options for self-isolation near communities with higher levels of care.

Northern Health says it's very important that if you are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms that you self-isolate and contact your primary care provider or the COVID-19 online Clinic & info line.

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