Bella Coola. (Michael Wigle photo)

Bella Coola. (Michael Wigle photo)

UPDATE: Bella Coola’s Nuxalk First Nation sees COVID-19 climb to 13 confirmed cases

The case numbers have more than tripled in three days in the small community

UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 3:30 P.M.

There are now 13 active COVID-19 cases in Bella Coola. The Nuxalk EOC will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Residents are encouraged to get a test if they have symptoms, and self-isolate.


Nuxalk First Nation members in Bella Coola are being urged to be kind, calm and safe as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

The Nuxalk EOC reported three cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 7, five cases on Jan. 8, and 11 cases on Jan. 9.

Nuxalk councillor and EOC director Iris Siwallace delivered a community update Jan 8, 2021 by video, shared on the Bella Coola Valley – Nuxalk Nation Coordinated Information Bulletin Facebook page.

“Due to the severity of the current situation every must stay home. We are now in lockdown. Do not visit outside your household, do not travel outside of Bella Coola. Do not take these chances. It is not worth it,” Siwallace said. “Now is the time to stay home with your immediate household only.”

COVID-19 testing is being offered through Nuxalk Public Health and the Bella Coola Medical Clinic. For after hours and on weekends there will be drive-thru testing at the Bella Coola General Hospital.

The Nuxalk EOC is activate, and provides information and updates as much as possible. There is a state of local emergency declared until Jan. 29 2021.

Siwallace encouraged residents to check on elders by phone or Zoom and to support one another.

“The virus does not judge,” she said.

“We need to be kind, calm and safe is the No. 1 goal.”

READ MORE: Williams Lake First Nation confirms two positive COVID-19 cases at Sugar Cane

Do you have a comment about this story? email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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

Just Posted

Grade 5 student Liam Ouellette and Grade 4 student Trigg Jansen read together in Horse Lake Elementary School’s reading room. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Reading, literacy opens doors to learning

Students at Horse Lake Elementary School seek out challenging reads.

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.

Interior Health has declared the Cariboo Chilcotin a community cluster. (Angie Mindus photo)
Interior Health declares Cariboo Chilcotin region a COVID-19 cluster, 215 cases since Jan. 1

Most cases are related to transmission at social events and gatherings in Williams Lake

(Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile Curling Club ends season

President Gordon Smith said season suspended following extension of B.C.’s current health order.

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Vancouver flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

The top part of the fossil burrow, seen from the side, with feathery lines from the disturbance of the soil – thought to be caused by the worm pulling prey into the burrow. (Paleoenvironntal Sediment Laboratory/National Taiwan University)
PHOTOS: SFU researchers find evidence of ‘giant’ predatory worms on ocean floor

Fossils found the prove the existence of an ancient Taiwanese worm as long as two metres

RCMP officers provide policing for 63 B.C. municipalities under a provincial formula based on population. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. communities warned of upcoming RCMP unionization costs

Starting salaries for city police officers are 30% higher

B.C. nurse suspended after using Tensor bandage to trap long-term care patient in room

Susan Malloch voluntarily agreed to a three-day suspension of her certificate of registration

Most Read