By Roy L Hales
Another one of North Vancouver Island’s 26 Active COVID-19 cases identified themselves over Facebook last week. Lawrence O’Connor is a stock car driver who contracted the disease while participating in a benefit race for Amnesty International in the Arizona Desert.
“There’s nothing pleasant about this painful illness; I feel like I’ve been eaten by wolves, and s**t off a cliff,” he wrote.
He arranged for friends to drop off groceries at his door, in Port Hardy, and is currently in quarantine.
Update from Cortes Island
“Several people have been tested. They are self isolating. We are waiting for the results. The storm did not help delaying our ability to get the swabs off the island. We should know by Monday whether we have more confirmed cases. We will continued to announce the number of confirmed Covid19 cases as we get the results back. We hope that more “positive” cases are not going to happen but we are getting ourselves prepared," the statement reads.
"Officially we have only one confirmed case and the contact tracing is STILL ongoing," Peacey continues. "This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT for everyone to follow the provincial guidelines and stay home, stay in your household bubble, wash your hands and mask up if you do leave your home. We are doing our due diligence, following the guidelines from various government agencies, as well as advice from our sister nation Tla’amin’s COVID19 emergency response team."
“We do all live on this island together and I very much appreciate the whole community rising to this occasion and doing your part of shutting down COVID. On another note, I’m getting a lot of people asking how they can actually help, right now bringing a couple armloads of DRY firewood to keep our frontline workers warm at the check point is a fantastic contribution to our efforts here. Once again I raise my hands to you all. Emote," the statement adds.
Whereabouts unknown: the other 24 active cases
Island Health has not disclosed the whereabouts of the other 24 active cases in the North Vancouver Island Health Service Delivery Area.
There are a great many small islands and rural communities, as well as urban centres like Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Campbell River, Courtenay and Comox.
The negative effects of attempting to contain the virus are visible everywhere, but many rural British Columbians communities may not know if the virus has come anywhere near their communities.