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Phase II construction contract awarded for GR Baker Hospital new Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit

Northern Health is pleased to announce that the contract for Phase II construction on the GR Baker Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit redevelopment has been awarded to True Construction Ltd. of Kamloops.

True Construction will begin construction work on the redevelopment project in September 2020, with expected occupancy in Spring 2022.

Northern Health COVID-19 Alert – Northeast BC

COVID-19 testing and contact tracing has allowed Northern Health to identify recent events and gatherings in the Prespatou region where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19 but we are unable to identify and follow up with all contacts.

Individuals who may have attended any events, service, or gatherings (however large or small) in the Prespatou region where social distancing or appropriate masking was not in place or being observed since early August are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

UPDATE - COVID-19 community outbreak on Haida Gwaii declared over

Northern Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer has declared an end to a community outbreak of COVID-19 on Haida Gwaii.

The outbreak was declared July 24th, and the last of a total of 26 outbreak-related cases was reported on August 6th. There have been no new cases since that date; there are no active cases, and public health officials are now confident there are no further chains of transmission of COVID-19 related to the outbreak.

UPDATE - COVID-19 community outbreak on Haida Gwaii - case recoveries

Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority continue to work with Council of the Haida Nation and municipal governments on Haida Gwaii, in response to the COVID-19 community outbreak declared on July 24th. To date, there have been a total of 26 lab-confirmed cases related to the outbreak; as of today, all of the cases are now considered recovered, and there are no active cases.

Northern Health COVID-19 Alert – Northeast BC

COVID-19 testing and contact tracing has allowed Northern Health to identify a recent event in Alberta where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Individuals who attended the It Is Time Canada event in Deadwood, Alberta, between July 30 and August 2, are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19,  and self-isolate and seek testing if they begin to exhibit symptoms. Contact tracing and testing has also identified that some individuals may be at risk of secondary transmission, from contact with cases related to attendance at the event.

UPDATE - COVID-19 community outbreak on Haida Gwaii

Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority continue to work with Council of the Haida Nation and municipal governments on Haida Gwaii, in response to the COVID-19 community outbreak declared on July 24th. To date, there have been a total of 26 lab-confirmed cases related to the outbreak; as of today, all but one of the cases are now considered recovered.

Northern Health public health staff continue to follow up with the remaining active case, and four close contacts, who continue to self-isolate at home and monitor for symptoms.

COVID-19 community outbreak on Haida Gwaii

Ongoing contact tracing for COVID-19 in the Northern Health region has confirmed a total of 13 cases at this time on Haida Gwaii. All are local residents; 12 of the cases are considered active, and one has recovered.

All of the cases are epidemiologically linked; while the initial sources of transmission are still being investigated, it is believed that all cases are either residents who had recently travelled off-island or had exposure to other residents who had recently travelled off-island.