Alert Bay state of emergency could be lifted if virus cases remain low – Times Colonist

May 6, 2020

A local state of emergency in Alert Bay could be lifted as early as Friday if the number of new cases of COVID-19 remains low, says Dr. Dan Cutfeet of the ‘Namgis Health Centre.

“The sense is that it will be lifted as of Friday,” said Cutfeet, a family physician. “I think it’s served its purpose and so I think we can probably get back to some normalcy.”

The Village of Alert Bay is on Cormorant Island, a 40-minute ferry ride from Port McNeill. The island, which is also home to the ’Namgis First Nations, has a population of about 1,500.

Since April 1, the community has had a total of 30 positive cases of COVID-19, 77 per cent of whom have recovered, Cutfeet said.

Many of those infected presented with gastrointestinal pain and problems, as well as respiratory problems, including shortness of breath, and fevers. Those with hypoxia — low blood oxygen saturation levels — were sent to hospital, he said.

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