B.C. public health officials declare COVID-19 outbreak on Haida Gwaii

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APTN News (Canada)
Pub Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 08:32

Health officials with Northern Health in British Columbia have declared an outbreak on Haida Gwaii after 13 cases were confirmed in a community on the island.

“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,”

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

It was only last Friday, Council of The Haida Nation released a public bulletin that had their first case on the island, which is located off the north coast of B.C., and has a population of about 4,600 people according to the

The nation’s leadership had a state of emergency in place since March 23 due to the pandemic.

The island has limited health resources and with only two hospitals.

Northern Health says all active cases are at home self-isolating without impacting health care facilities