On Nov. 26, Chief Robert Michell said a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Stellaquo. (Stell'aten First Nation image)

Stell’aten First Nation near Fraser Lake identifies positive COVID-19 case

Case confirmed by chief on Nov. 26

Another Northern B.C. First Nation has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 within their community.

Stellat’en First Nation identified a case of the novel coronavirus in Stellaquo near Fraser Lake.

“This serves as an important reminder to follow safety protocols,” chief Robert Michell said in a Nov. 26 letter to community members.

He said due to confidentiality purposes no further information can be released.

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The letter was shared to Facebook late Wednesday afternoon following a media release issued earlier by Takla Nation north of Fort St. James, confirming one positive case in Takla Landing.

“Slow and steady is what we need with COVID-19 and it is how we will get through this second wave,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

“The efforts we make each day make a difference.”

As of Nov 25. Indigenous Services Canada said it is aware of 3,451 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves throughout the country and 29 deaths.

Of the 1,400 active cases, 152 are in hospital.

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