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Fort St. James COVID-19 cases continue to 'surge,' overwhelm health system

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 6:51 am PST

FILE -- A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Summary

There are 40 active cases in First Nations and non-First Nations communities around Fort St. James

Twenty people are in the hospital, putting a strain on the few resources available

FORT ST. JAMES (NEWS 1130) — Local paramedics are overwhelmed and a nearby First Nation is now in lockdown, following an outbreak of COVID-19 in Fort St James, northwest of Prince George

According to a statement from Northern Health Thursday, there has been a “surge” in confirmed cases across the region including “approximately 40 active cases in the First Nations and non-First Nations communities in the Omineca Region which includes Fort St. James.”

Twenty people are in the hospital, putting a strain on the few resources available.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, addressing the outbreak in her briefing, said some vulnerable people have been moved out of the community to get them closer to health care centres.

The Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation has decided to go into lockdown for the next two weeks to “get this event under control, and get the infection rate down.”

COVID announcement from Chief Prince December 9th, 2020

Posted by Nak’azdli Whut’en onĀ Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

 

The outbreak has prompted BC Emergency Health Services to send a rapid response team of paramedics, to help respond to what is characterized as an extremely high call volume for ambulances.