UPDATE: March 29, 2021: The following message was posted to Facebook today from a member of the family who was exposed to the virus and contracted it. Many have been calling for a statement and it is as follows:
Dear community and friends,
I am deeply sorry for all the turmoil that has gripped our community. The need to be transparent and let you in on what has happened is important to me.
I started feeling aching muscles and a headache on Wednesday the 24th. Was tested for COVID Thursday and confirmed a positive result on Friday.
We now know that it came up with a family member from Vancouver who stayed in my house this last weekend.
It seems only my household was affected. All other close friends and family who were around this person have tested negative, so I am feeling like it was not spread very far or even that easily. I pray no one else who I may not be aware of has contracted it.
I am sorry I didn’t post this sooner but I am still in a very challenging situation with grief and now battling the virus. I just haven’t been capable until now.
I love you all so much and again I am sorry.
Gabe English, Nelson
March 26, 2021: One person, who does not live on the East Shore, but had contact with East Shore residents, has received a positive Covid test result upon returning to their hometown.
Contact with East Shore residents may have occurred on Sunday, March 21st in the Crawford Bay area where people were gathered in family groups to witness a memorial service.
It is recommended that those who may have come into contact with this individual, or those in this individual’s family, self-isolate for two weeks and watch for symptoms.
Testing can be done if symptoms arise by calling and booking an appointment at 1-877-740-7747.
No further information is available at this time