Editors note: While Island Health withholds the locations of somewhere between 85% and 90% of the active cases on Vancouver Island, First Nation leaders appear to have been consistently notifying the broader community when there is a case among them.
The individual with the positive test result, as well as their close contacts are isolating.
The leaders reminded community members to be gracious to one another, wear masks, to stay home and get tested if they they have symptoms.
“When you’re not in your place, you’ve got to be wearing a mask. No matter where you are in your relatives home, whatever. Just wear that mask. Don’t feel funny about it,” Svanvik said.
Speck encouraged people to avoid judgmental comments online.
“It’s not like they’re out there looking for it. They got it and they sure don’t want to get it again. Be kind, just be kind to one another. We’re all agreeing here that we can have a good Christmas as long as we practice the safe protocols and respect one another and love one another,” he said.
Earlier in the year, 30 people were infected with COVID-19 on Cormorant Island, and one elder passed away.
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Top photo credit: Elected and hereditary chief of the ‘Namgis Nation Don Svanvik announced Dec. 14 there is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. (Submitted)