Blueberry River woman diagnosed with COVID-19 returns home

A woman from the Blueberry River First Nation has returned home from hospital after a fight with COVID-19.

Tracey Paquette returned home this week to continue her recovery, more than a month after first being taken to hospital in Prince George. Her family reported the news Monday.

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"She’s home," daughter Shania Paquette shared with family and friends on social media. "I’m crying of happy tears."

Family and Blueberry River first reported the case to the public on April 9. Family and band officials could not be immediately reached for further comment.

There are 57 test positive cases of the respiratory disease reported in northern B.C. Of those, 50 have been reported as recovered.

Paquette's was the first known case in northeast B.C., and prompted an outpouring of community support for her recovery and return to health.

The case also prompted concerns at the Peace Villa care home, where Paquette worked. There has fortunately been no reported outbreak of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease there.

In response, Blueberry River issued a mandatory travel directive for its residents, and at one point, there were more than 40 band members reported to be in self-isolation.

This is a developing story.

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