COVID-19 town hall goes April 22

A virtual town hall is planned for April 22 in northern B.C. for residents to get answers to their questions about COVID-19.

MLA Mike Bernier (Peace River South) will co-host the town hall with MLA Doug Donaldson (Stikine), and which will also feature Northern Health medical health officer Dr Raina Fumerton, and CEO Cathy Ulrich.

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It's one of five town halls planned for health regions across the province, and will run from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Questions can be submitted in advance by clicking here, or live during the session, which will be livestreamed on the B.C. government Facebook page.

The province says local health authorities will be answering questions about region or community responses, and future recovery.

"There are still so many questions that people have around COVID 19 and the information changes daily," said MLA Bernier. "This townhall is a great opportunity for local people to hear information from those on the front lines and to get an update from Northern Health on our region and what more to expect. I am pleased to have been chosen to be part of this meeting and help get more information out to the public."

There are roughly 300,000 people in the Northern Health region, which has two dozen hospitals.

As of April 15, there were a total of 30 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the north, and of those 21 people have recovered, and four are in hospital.

Across the province, there are now 1,561 cases and 75 deaths. The BC Centre for Disease Control says the true number of cases is likely greater than that reported.

To read the latest developments on COVID-19 in Fort St. John click here.

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