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Remote village off B.C. central coast blames unwanted traveller for spreading COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm PDT

FILE: Alert Bay, Cormorant Island (Courtesy: Google Maps, Norine Smith)

The mayor of Alert Bay revealed he has COVID-19

The mayor is blaming an unwanted traveller for spreading the virus

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The mayor of Alert Bay says a traveller has brought COVID-19 to Cormorant Island, a remote village off B.C.’s central coast.

In a post to Facebook, Dennis Buchanan says he has never left Cormorant Island during the pandemic but has been infected by the virus.

“I did everything I was supposed to. I wash my hands, I did my safe distancing, I never left the island. [And] I have contacted the COVID-19 because somebody has seen that to bring it to this island,” he said.

Buchanan is blaming what he calls careless travellers who defied advice from the province to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel.

“People have to start listening. This is serious stuff. And if people continue to travel on their own because the rules don’t apply to them, it’s going to hit you, and it is going to hit you hard.”

The mayor said he has lost a significant amount of weight within a week and says he would have died if his daughter hadn’t convinced him to go to the hospital.

“Wake up people. This is serious stuff. Please, please take precautions.”

Buchanan ended the video by reminding people to follow social distancing rules, and avoid non-essential travel.

“There [are] so many elderly people on this Island, that if they get it, they’re in big trouble.”