COVID-19 outbreak declared at Canim Lake

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Multiple agencies are working together to bring additional resources to support the Canim Lake Band, where a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared, due to what Interior Health (IH) describes as ‘rapid spread.’

IH declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the community, located approximately 40 kilometres east of 100 Mile House, on Monday, Jan. 11 after identifying 32 positive cases.

The outbreak comes three days after Canim Lake Band (CLB) launched a community-wide lockdown Jan. 8 after the number of positive cases rose to nine.

CLB has an on-reserve population of 228 according to the 2016 Census by Statistics Canada.

“We are advising members to be prepared for at least one month,” said CLB emergency operations centre communications officer Demian Pettman.

IH is overseeing COVID-19 outreach testing, contact tracing, transportation and isolation for affected individuals with support from local community health services and noted the extraordinary efforts of CLB to ensure public health and safety.

Outbreak response activities are being co-ordinated together with CLB, IH, the First Nations Health Authority, Emergency Management BC and others.

“Although this outbreak is being declared in Canim Lake, increased COVID-19 activity is being broadly detected throughout the 100 Mile House region,” IH stated.

Rebecca Dyok, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Williams Lake Tribune