VCH has confirmed there are cases of COVID-19 in the Nimpo Lake area (photo WCTA)

VCH has confirmed there are cases of COVID-19 in the Nimpo Lake area (photo WCTA)

COVID-19 confirmed in Nimpo Lake area

Vancouver Coastal Health says they don't believe there is a risk to neighbouring communities

There are a small number of cases of COVID-19 near Nimpo Lake that health authorities say do not pose any threat to the community at this time. In a statement published by the Nuxalk Nation EOC, VCH said that “VCH is aware of a small number of COVID cases near Nimpo Lake, BC.”

VCH also said that it is not aware of any risk to neighbouring communities. They would not release specific information on the cases as to if the person(s) infected were residents or visitors to the area. Nimpo Lake is in the VCH region but Interior Health provides health care services to that area. Vancouver Coastal Health does not comment on specific cases for patient privacy reasons and would only provide the number of cases in the event of a declared outbreak.

The Ulkatcho First Nation posted on Facebook stating there was a positive COVID-19 case and that it is not anyone from Anahim Lake or a First Nation member. According to Ulkatcho First Nation the person(s) affected are self-isolating and following COVID-19 protocols.

“The Emergency Operations Centre is keeping track of the current COVID-19 cases across the province,” stated a Bella Coola Valley-Nuxalk Nation Coordinated Information Bulletin on July, 24.

“We are prepared to make changes as necessary.”

Ulkatcho First Nation said they will not be hosting any large gatherings until further notice and cancelled a community meeting with Artemis Gold Inc. in regards to the Blackwater mine which is in the development phase after having successfully received all necessary environmental assessment approvals.

“You must remain diligent in protecting yourself and others including elders.”

Interior Health said it will notify the public if an outbreak is declared.

More to come

Coast Mountain News