For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Blueberry River First Nation – Band Member Tracey Paquette has been released from the FSJ hospital after having recently returned from the hospital in Prince George after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.   Tracey will continue to recover and recuperate at her home.

Mrs. Paquette was the first to test positive for COVID-19 in April. She spent a few weeks in hospital in Prince George, some of that time on a ventilator to help her breathe. Her family and friends are thrilled to have her safe at home where she can recover safely.

During this COVID-19 outbreak, our community has rallied around to protect our Elders and vulnerable band members from this health threat. Because of how contagious this respiratory virus is, we continue to restrict those who can come into Blueberry River First Nation in an effort to shield our band members, especially our Elders. As keepers of our traditions and the drivers of our forward thinking values, our Elders are the backbone of our community. We must ensure our positive role models continue to lead our community.

Especially during challenging health times like these, it’s important to maintain a balanced lifestyle, while eating a balance of healthy food and exercising.

In her daily statement to the media on Wednesday, May 6, Doctor Bonnie Henry shared that, “we must also continue to show kindness and compassion to those around us, as we remain 100% committed. It is in all of our hands. Let’s remember to wash them.” It’s easy to show each other kindness and compassion by supporting each other and checking in on your neighbours during these times. One of the best practices to reduce the spread of this virus is to wash your hands with soap and warm water.

As of Sunday, May 11, Northern Health reported 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region. Of those cases, 50 people have recovered in Northern B.C. Overall the number of cases B.C. has seen is leveling off.


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Merli de Guzman