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Active COVID case in Alert Bay

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.

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Alert Bay has confirmed there is one positive case in the small community, as of Dec. 14.

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3.7% of Alert Bay Residents Tested Have Anti-Covid Antibody

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Preliminary test results from COVID-19 antibody testing in Alert Bay are in, and they’re positive. Around 60 per cent of eligible people came to get tested, and just 3.7 per cent of them had the antibody present, indicating they had had COVID-19 and fought it off. Most of those were people known to have had COVID-19 and their close contacts.

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Sea Lice Outbreak Prompts First Nations Call For salmon Farm Closures

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The results of a new wild salmon study are skin crawling: 94 per cent of wild salmon fry in the Discovery Islands — to the east of Campbell River — had sea lice attached. The infected fry hosted an average of seven of the parasitic lice.

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Kuterra leased to US investment firm

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kuterra Salmon, started by the ‘Namgis First Nation in 2013 to demonstrate that on-land fish farming was possible, has been leased to American investor Emergent Holdings for 15 years.

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