From Dr. Bonnie Henry's daily COVID-19 briefing, April 11, 2020:
Alaska Highway News: "Good Afternoon Doctor. Happy Easter, and thank you for your time. The last several days now you have reported no new care home outbreaks in B.C. This week though we learned a care home worker in Fort St. John has tested positive for COVID and is in hospital in Prince George. The worker is a member of Blueberry River First Nation, and that First Nation is now on lockdown.
"There is a lot concern here in Fort St. John and the Peace that there was no public notice about this. We were only informed by the family. Northern Health says the incubation period in this particular case has passed, and residents at Peace Villa are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
"But we're not getting information about how many residents here are being tested, how many of our frontline health workers are being tested for this virus. On top of this, we are now being told there are some care home workers here in the north that are working still at multiple facilities, even across the border into Alberta.
"I'm wondering if you can square this circle and explain to the people here in northeast B.C. what's happening at Peace Villa, and what's happening with the management of care home workers and the transmission of this virus in our care homes."
Dr. Bonnie Henry: “Northern Health is working very closely with the First Nations Health Authority, and individual cases we will not, and I will not, and I continue to not report on personal health information for individuals. If the family decided they wanted to release information about one of their family members then that is something they can do, of course.
“I know Northern Health is very involved in ensuring that all of the long-term care homes in the north have the appropriate protocols in place to protect our residents and our health care workers.
“As well, I know that the single site order, as we said our primary focus was on the Lower Mainland and so that’s where it started to roll out first, and I know they’re working on it in Northern Health as well.
“But it takes time for those things. As we just talked about, we want to make sure there are no facilities left short in the assigning of people, and so it has to be done in a thoughtful and deliberate way.”
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