Six more COVID cases linked to Haida Gwaii outbreak

Northern Health says there are at least six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak on Haida Gwaii.

The health authority has bumped the community outbreak to 20 cases as a result of ongoing contact tracing within the Nation's communities. Thirteen of the cases are active, while seven others have fully recovered. 

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In a statement July 29, Northern Health says the additional cases do not represent a "significant expansion" of the outbreak. All active cases are currently self-isolating at home and none require hospital care at this time.

"Nor do they suggest wider spread of COVID-19 in Haida Gwaii communities. While contact tracing work continues, it is believed the new cases are also epidemiologically linked to the original outbreak cases," the statement said.

"The recently-identified Haida Gwaii cases are from exposures that took place prior to last week’s outbreak declaration. It would not be unexpected to identify additional cases in coming days, where exposure also occurred within the same COVID-19 incubation period."

Northern B.C. has recorded 86 COVID-19 cases since the virus hit the region on March 9.

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