The Skidegate Band Council Emergency Operations Centre posted a notice on Sunday, April 12, 2020 that a part-time Sandspit resident has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Skidegate Band Council warns of COVID-19 exposure in Sandspit

EOC says part-time Sandspit resident exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

A Sandspit resident has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the Skidegate Band Council Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) announced on Sunday.

In an update posted to Facebook, the EOC said the part-time resident may have also subsequently been in contact with Skidegate band members and the public.

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“The EOC asks all members to refrain from going to Sandspit except to supply essential services,” the notice said. “If you have been in Sandspit within the last week, the EOC recommends that you self-isolate for 14 days.”

The notice also reminded people to stay home, practise physical distancing and respect recommended safety protocols.

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Northern Health spokesperson Eryn Collins told the Observer the health authority was aware of the information posted on social media, but was not able to speak to individual cases “unless there is a public health reason” such as “concern for broader public exposure.”

Collins advised people to follow the recommended safety protocols set out by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, which are available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website, as well as advice provided by the EOC.

“At this point Northern Health hasn’t issued any additional recommendations for precautions people should be taking,” she said.

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