Elected and hereditary chief of the ‘Namgis Nation Don Svanvik announced Dec. 14 there is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. (Submitted)

Elected and hereditary chief of the ‘Namgis Nation Don Svanvik announced Dec. 14 there is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island. (Submitted)

Leadership confirms one active COVID-19 case in Alert Bay

Contact tracing has been done, and all close contacts are isolating

Alert Bay has confirmed there is one positive case in the small community, as of Dec. 14.

‘Namgis First Nation chief Don Svanvik made the announcement in a video along with Mayor Dennis Buchanan and Whe-La-La-U Area Council Society Elected Chair Councillor Andrew Speck.

The individual with the positive test result, as well as their close contacts are isolating.

The leaders reminded community members to be gracious to one another, wear masks, to stay home and get tested if they they have symptoms.

“When you’re not in your place, you’ve got to be wearing a mask. No matter where you are in your relatives home, whatever. Just wear that mask. Don’t feel funny about it,” Svanvik said.

Speck encouraged people to avoid judgmental comments online.

“It’s not like they’re out there looking for it. They got it and they sure don’t want to get it again. Be kind, just be kind to one another. We’re all agreeing here that we can have a good Christmas as long as we practice the safe protocols and respect one another and love one another,” he said.

Earlier in the year, 30 people were infected with COVID-19 on Cormorant Island, and one elder passed away.

READ MORE: Alert Bay: COVID-19 cases go from 30 to zero thanks to health and emergency planning

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