Rapid response by health officials to COVID cases in First Nations community near Zeballos

A rapid response to almost 20 cases of COVID‑19 in a remote First Nations community near ­Zeballos has seen transmission contained, says Island Health.

There are reportedly 17 people with COVID-19 — eight of whom have recovered — in the Ehattesaht First Nation, one of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.

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“The swift and thorough response by the community leadership and partners involved has resulted in containment of transmission and we are incredibly encouraged by this,” Island Health said Monday in a statement.

Nurses from Island Health and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council are monitoring confirmed cases and close contacts, Island Health said. “Any symptomatic close contacts will be tested.”

Dr. Charmaine Enns, medical health officer for the North Island, Georjeana Paterson of the First Nation Health Authority, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth nurse navigator Lesley Cerney arrived in Ehatis on Monday. The team is working with the community to ensure there are plans in place to support self-isolation and followup care, said Island Health.

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