Thursday, November 18, 2021

Northern Health extends Regional Health Orders for Bulkley Valley and all regions to the East

With a decline arriving towards additional Health Orders for much of the Northern Health region, health officials have amended the original orders of October 14th and have announced an extension of them until further notice.

In their information update Northern Health outlined the following:

NH and provincial public health officials continue to evaluate levels of COVID-19 activity and its ongoing impacts on the health care system, individuals, and communities. At this time, NH Medical Health Officers have determined there remains a need for regional public health measures to limit transmission, reduce case counts, and reduce rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the North. 

The Northern Health Gatherings and Events COVID-19 Order was originally implemented October 14, 2021 with an expiry date of midnight, November 19. Effective midnight, November 18, the Order expiry date has been removed, and current measures will remain in effect pending further assessment of the region’s COVID-19 status. 

The areas impacted by the decision for the most part consist of the Hazelton's and  Bulkley Valley and on to the east.

For the western sector of Northern Health, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and other communities west of the Bulkley Valley remain under the provisions of the previous Province wide Provincial Health order.

The details towards the extension of the Northern health specific orders can be reviewed here.

As they have since the first vaccines became available, Northern Health continues to urge residents across the North to take advantage of vaccination opportunities in their community.

Vaccination is the best line of defence against COVID-19. While immunization rates continue to increase in larger centres across the north, some parts of the region still have some of the lowest vaccination rates in BC. There are ongoing vaccine clinic opportunities throughout the region; find a clinic near you.

You can find out where in your community vaccinations are being offered here.

Further items of note on Health care in the Northwest can be explored here.

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