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Interior Health has declared an outbreak in the BC Interior community of Canim Lake, where 32 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the 2016 census, Canim Lake, a First Nations community 40 kilometers northeast of 100 Mile House, has 228 residents.
The Canim Lake Band Chief and Council on Friday ordered a lockdown in their community in response to the discovery of nine cases of COVID-19 among its members. Access to the community is now limited to residents only and a curfew has been put in place that requires residents to stay in their homes between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.
“The Canim Lake First Nation has made extraordinary efforts to ensure the health and safety of the public and is working collaboratively with neighboring communities to mitigate the risk factors associated with the rapid transmission of the virus,” Interior Health said in a report. communicated.
“Interior Health is overseeing proximity testing for COVID-19, contact tracing, transportation and isolation of those affected with support from local community health services.”
The health authority said that although the outbreak was only declared in Lake Canim, increased COVID-19 activity is “widely detected in the 100 Mile House area.”