100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 Mile Free Press).
100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 Mile Free Press).

100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 Mile Free Press). 100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall. (Kelly Sinoski photo, 100 Mile Free Press).

100 Mile mayor calls on residents to ‘work together’ during pandemic

Mitch Campsall also urges residents to follow the health orders.

The mayor of 100 Mile House is calling on residents to work together and continue to follow B.C.’s health orders as the number of COVID-19 cases climb across the region.

Mayor Mitch Campsall said district staff is dealing with the situation as “best we can.” Latest numbers from Interior Health, as of Jan. 9 suggests there were 29 reports of positive cases in 100 Mile along 59 positive cases at the Canim Lake Band, where the community remains in lockdown. However, Campsall expects that number is even higher.

“The problem is Interior Health doesn’t tell us anything. None of the municipalities are getting the information they want or think they need,” he said.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson said Tuesday he expects Interior Health is preparing to declare a COVID-19 cluster in the region, which will allow for the consistent, specific reporting of cases in the region. Although he has been unable to get case counts for the region, Doerkson said the virus is spreading through the entire region, not just First Nations communities, and all residents should exercise caution, he said.

There are currently two COVID-19 patients in the 100 Mile House District General Hospital, which has a capacity to hold 14 patients. Doerkson said 10 nurses and two doctors at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake also contracted COVID-19 and all are off work.

READ MORE: Interior Health reports 99 new cases of COVID-19

He said IH has assured him that several nurses, as well as two doctors, are en route to fill those positions. Some 136 vaccines were also delivered to frontline and critical care nurses and physicians on Monday.

“We know in this riding, 1,065 vaccines will have been given out, including 136 frontline workers in both of our hospitals,” he said.

“Please be vigilant … now more than ever, particularly in the Cariboo Chilcotin riding, it is a time to be very careful so please wear your masks, do all the distancing that you possibly can.”

Campsall also urged residents to follow the health orders. He added people have a right to protest and express their opinions as long as they do so in a safe and respectful manner. The local RCMP and Interior Health will provide enforcement of provincial health orders if necessary.

“The District position has been unwavering – all citizens should keep themselves informed and follow the guidelines and protocols set out by the provincial government and the Medical Officer of Health for B.C. I’d just like everyone to do their best and stop being selfish … we’ve got to work at this as a community, not a me-me-me attitude,” he said. “They should respect that we’ve got this in our community. We need to work together or we will fail. I’m calling on people to work together. Look after your neighbour, wash your hands, sanitize your hands and keep your distance. We’ve all got to work with the actual facts.”

With a file from Monica Lamb-Yorski


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

100 Mile House

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Barb Matfin with the old Piston Bully at the 100 Mile Nordics. The club is looking to raise money to replace its aging fleet as the demand for cross-country skiing grows. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile Nordics seek funds to upgrade equipment

Pisten Bully is 36 years old and replacement parts are hard to find, making it unreliable.

Murray Booth is a conservation officer in 100 Mile House. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press).
Conservation officer game for anything

No day is ever the same for Murray Booth, one of two COs in 100 Mile House.

Interior Health has issued an overdose alert for 100 Mile House.
Interior Health issues overdose alert for 100 Mile House

Health officials encourage users to be careful and spread the word.

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Most Read