DAWSON CREEK, B.C  – Dale Bumstead, Mayor of Dawson Creek, discusses the COVID-19 crisis in the city and how its affected the residents.

“It was evident to me that the virus was spreading in our community, unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the last year,’ says Bumstead.

Bumstead discusses how the virus was spread from the RCMP detachment to the fire hall to city hall to public works and then into communities in the area.

Earlier this week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry cited Dawson Creek as a high-priority community due to the city having the highest rate in the province at 552.31 per 100,000.

Northern Health hasn’t given Bumstead any indication that the virus is from a different strain or variant of COVID-19. He mentions how it spread in the community differently compared to anything in the past year.

Bumstead says he’s pleased with the response from Northern Health and the Ministry of Health. The AstraZeneca vaccine clinic will be opening next week for residents in Dawson Creek aged 40 and older. His main concern right now is making sure that anyone who wants to get vaccinated has that ability.

To view Mayor Bumstead’s interview on Moose Talks, it begins around the 20-minute mark.