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COVID-19 cluster management at Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Valemount

Northern Health Medical Health Officers are working with Trans Mountain, to manage a cluster of COVID-19 cases among employees and contractors in the Valemount area.

To date, 16 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in association with the cluster, and the cases are considered active at this time. There are approximately 50 close contacts in self-isolation.

Dawson Creek & District Hospital – intermittent emergency room diversions – August 2021

Ongoing challenges with physician and nursing staff coverage are expected to require intermittent planned diversions of the emergency department at Dawson Creek & District Hospital, between August 8 and 14, 2021.

The diversions are necessary to ensure safe patient care, and adequate relief for existing staff. The emergency room is the only department affected during periods of diversion. The rest of the hospital will remain open, and current inpatients will not be impacted.

Creating partnerships to address mental health, substance use challenges

TERRACE - Residents and communities in northwestern B.C. are being supported with rapid response from a new Northwest Specialized Response Team (SRT) for those facing mental health and substance use challenges.

"People in northern B.C. need and deserve access to vital addiction and mental health supports," said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. "I'm grateful to see the co-operation of so many to create a system of care that meets the needs of people in each community."

UPDATE - COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Rotary Manor, Dawson Creek

Northern Health is pleased to advise that a COVID-19 outbreak declared June 11, 2021 at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, is officially over. COVID-19 outbreak protocols are being lifted for the affected unit (Special Care Unit-South).

In total, there were two confirmed resident cases of COVID-19; sadly, one of the residents who had tested positive in association with the outbreak passed away, and Northern Health extends condolences to their family, friends and caregivers.

Northern Health encourages safe enjoyment of summer heat waves

For the next several days, high temperatures and humidex values are expected for much of Northern BC. Northern Health reminds all residents and visitors to be aware of the risks of too much heat or sun exposure.

Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat related illness or heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.