10/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2021 18:01
From: Northern Health (https://stories.northernhealth.ca/news-and-media/news)
Northern Health (NH) is introducing new public health orders covering most of the NH region to manage COVID-19 activity.
The Delta variant is leading to faster transmission and more severe outcomes for people in communities with lower vaccination rates, including younger people. Immunization remains the most effective prevention against COVID-19. With a large unvaccinated population, these additional orders will provide additional protection. Areas such as the Northwest where vaccination rates are high, and transmission is low will be exempted from the new orders at this time. They will still be subject to the current B.C.'s Restart Step 3 requirements and the existing Provincial Health Officer order or Northern Medical Health Officer order.
"Hospitals in Northern Health are overstretched as beds become filled with COVID-19 patients, primarily unvaccinated. People needing critical care are being transferred to other regions of the province. Everyone needs to get immunized to help keep our hospitals open for treating people with other illnesses," said Northern Health chief medical health officer Dr. Jong Kim. "Until more people make the choice to get vaccinated, we need to ensure we have orders in place to protect the most vulnerable and limit the spread."
Effective at midnight Thursday October 14, 2021 the entire Northern Health region, (with the exception of Local Health areas west of Kitiwanga:Terrace, Kitimat, Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Stikine, Telegraph Creek, Snow Country and Nisga'a) are under the following additional orders:
New NH orders:
These measures will remain in place until November 19 midnight and may be subject to extension if cases remain high and vaccination rates remain low.
In addition to these measures, people are strongly recommended to stay in their own community.
"We are under immense pressure in our facilities that is fueled by an unvaccinated population," said Northern Health president and CEO, Cathy Ulrich. "We continue to encourage all people age 12 and up to get immunized."
Not further restricted by today's measures, but continuing to require attendees to wear masks and to present their BC Vaccine Card showing they are fully vaccinated:
How to get vaccinated
People can get their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by dropping in to any NH immunization clinic or by making an appointment.
To make an appointment, register online by visiting the provincial website at: www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/, call 1‑833‑838‑2323, or visit a Service BC office listed here, and then book an appointment.
For a list of all Northern Health COVID-19 immunization clinics and other resources visit: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/covid-19-immunization-clinics
To learn about B.C.'s Restart Plan and COVID-19 Immunization Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid
If you have questions or wish to submit concerns: [email protected]