BC First Nation extends state of emergency after elder dies from coronavirus – Globalnews.ca

April 25, 2020

The ‘Namgis First Nation on a small island just north of Vancouver Island has extended its state of emergency after an elder became the first person to die from the novel coronavirus in a B.C. Indigenous community.

The woman, who has been identified by First Nation members as Cindy, passed away on Friday, according to a video update from local physician Dr. Dan Cutfeet posted to Facebook.

“This is a virus that anyone can catch,” Cutfeet warned, while asking all those with respiratory illness symptoms to come forward for testing.

A cluster of COVID-19 cases has been identified within the village of Alert Bay on Comorant Island, where the ‘Namgis First Nation is located. Local health officials have said they won’t confirm exactly how many cases have been identified, only to say it has spread within the community.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/6869194/bc-first-nation-coronavirus-death/

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