We Can’t ‘Let Down Our Guard’, Smithers Doctor Says Of COVID

Warning comes amidst signs of a second wave.

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With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying Canada is in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus, and new cases appearing in northern B.C., a local Smithers M.D. is warning people not to get lax with social distancing and other measures to fight against COVID.

“Having local cases of COVID-19 means that everyone needs to reassess their activities and interaction with others. This does not mean that you cannot continue social interaction, but please do it in a safe way. First and foremost, public health officials have asked us to limit our bubbles to six people. It should also be noted that this ideally is the same six people, not six different people on multiple days,” Dr. Kate Niethammer wrote in The Interior News. 

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Earlier this week, 11 new COVID cases were reported in the Northern Health region, bringing the total number since the spring to 266. 

“This is not something that is only happening in the Lower Mainland, this situation is happening in our own communities,” Niethammer wrote.

Trudeau this week highlighted a troubling national trend. “In our four biggest provinces, the second wave isn’t just starting, it’s already underway,” the Prime Minister said Wednesday evening. “We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring.”

Niethammer acknowledged it hasn’t been an easy year. “However, it is also not the time to let down our guard. We can make choices now that will determine how we spend the months to come,” she wrote. “We’re in this together, and together we will prevail.”

Written by Skeena Strong

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