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COVID-19: BC Emergency Health Services sends rapid response team to Fort St. James

Northern Health is advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19, at The Key Resource Centre, and the Cold Weather Shelter in Fort St James, between November 12 and 25.

The Caledonia Courier in Fort St. James is reporting 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a community of roughly 1,500 and that BC Emergency Health Services has deployed a Major Incident Rapid Response Team to community.

The specialized team, based out of Vancouver, will support local paramedics and patients in the community and was developed as part of BC EHS’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. This is the first time the team has been deployed, a BC EHS spokesperson told the Courier.

The secondary role of the team will be to provide clinical site support at Stuart Lake General Hospital as requested by the Northern Health Authority and local health professionals.

Northern Health officials are asking people who visited either the resource centre or shelter during this time period, to take extra care to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until December 10 (14 days from the last date of possible exposure). Public health contact tracing is underway and, where possible, NH is reaching out directly to individuals who have been exposed.

If people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate, and people can continue with their usual daily activities. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate and contact the COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line for Northern BC residents: 1-844-645-7811, or contact your doctor or nurse practitioner. 

If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, please know that either NH Public Health or Nak’azdli Health Centre will contact you directly and provide further instruction.

NH reminds everyone of the importance of following COVID-19 precautions and restrictions:

Information on public exposures to COVID-19 within the Northern Health region.

Take the COVID-19 self-assessment test at https://bc.thrive.health/

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