DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier has tested positive for COVID-19.
Bernier issued a statement Sunday evening stating that his family and himself have tested positive. According to his statement, everyone is self-isolating. “We are all presently self-isolating and currently, everyone is doing well. This came as a shock to all of us as we have been following all the public health guidelines, such as physical distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding indoor gatherings.”
Bernier received this first dose of the vaccine on April 26, but health officials have told him he was exposed before being vaccinated. Bernier was not infectious when he was at the B.C. Legislature from April 19 to 22.
Bernier went on to say he is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “I want to encourage everyone to get their vaccination as soon as possible. I caught the virus while following all protocols. The vaccine – any of the vaccines available – offer an added layer of protection. It well help all of us get back to a normal life.”
“For the coming days I will be spending my time with my family, following all the directions of public health officials. My family remains my priority and I will not be available for media requests for the time being.”
The Northern Health Region added 22 new cases Friday, dropping the active case count to 177. There are 14 people in the hospital, six of whom are in critical care. No COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, keeping the total at 140.
**An earlier version of this story said Mike Bernier was infected when he was at the BC Legislature. The article has been correct to state that he was not infectious when he was at the Legislature April 19-22.
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