COVID-19 Community Update -September 18

Current numbers
Today, we received confirmation of one new case of COVID-19 in our community. Last night, we received confirmation of no new test positive cases for September 17. One additional case was confirmed the evening of the 16th.

There was also a revision related to epi-linked cases, bringing our total cases to 41 (37 lab confirmed, 4 epi-linked). “Epi-linked” means these individuals developed symptoms of COVID-19 and were in close contact with someone who tested positive, but they themselves were not tested.

88% of our cases, or 35 members, have recovered and been cleared from isolation. This leaves 6 active cases in our communities.

Two weeks ago, we were at 26 active cases. This significant decline in active cases truly is a testament to the commitment of our members to flattening the curve and protecting our loved ones.

Chet kw’enmantúmiyap (we thank you all) for making the necessary sacrifices to help us eradicate this virus from our communities.

Reminder re: COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
We are conducting another COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey for the purpose of identifying current COVID-19-related needs in our community.

We have received over 320 survey responses to-date, and hope to get many more. Our goal is to have one member from each household complete this survey to help us gain a clear understanding of our community’s needs.

The survey link has been emailed out and posted to Facebook. You can also find it at www.squamish.net/covid-19. It should take no more than five minutes to complete this brief survey.

The survey closes the evening of Monday, September 21.

If members require support or wish to complete the survey by telephone, please call 604-362-4558 during regular business hours.

Reminder re: Masks & Gloves Available
A reminder that we have both fabric and disposable masks available, as well as disposable gloves. If you or any members of your household need masks or gloves, please call 604-982-7610 to request these items.

Please note that these items are not restricted to households who are self-isolating. Masks and gloves will be distributed upon request to all members who need them.

Public Health Measures
As always, let’s keep up the great work by continuing to:
• Keep your bubble small
• Maintain 2m/6ft distance between you and anyone outside your bubble
• Wear a mask anywhere that social distancing may be a challenge
• Wash your hands frequently
• Don’t touch your face
And, with the extremely poor air quality we’re facing right now due to the wildfires, it’s recommended that we all stay inside as much as possible, and keep your windows and doors closed to keep the smoke out.

Reminder re: Isolation Supports through Member Services
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Member Services team is providing a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of those in isolation.

Call 604-982-7610 during business hours, or 604-505-3776 after hours.

Notice of Rental Housing Construction: Fourplex and Duplex on Capilano IR #5

Squamish Nation Members have repeatedly ranked housing as their number 1 priority.

In recent years, demand has increased for a range of housing types to support smaller families. In response, the Squamish Nation Council has approved for construction six rental town house units on Capilano IR5.

The six units will be constructed within a fourplex at 210 Lawa Avenue and a duplex at 320 Khatsalano Road. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.

It is anticipated that construction will take approximately 6 months and the units will be ready for occupancy in April 2021.

Construction on the buildings will commence around October 1. Should you have any questions, please contact the Housing Office at 604-904-7474 or housing_office@squamish.net.

CLICK HERE to read the Notice of Rental Housing Construction

COVID-19 Community Update – September 16

Current numbers
Last night, we received notification of two new cases of COVID-19; one tested positive, and the other is epi-linked, meaning that they developed symptoms and had close contact with the test positive case.

This brings our total number of cases to 40.

We have unfortunately not received any further information about clearances. The last confirmed number last week was 27 cases cleared by public health.

Do you have questions about COVID-19 in general, or the Squamish Nation’s response to COVID-19?
If you have any questions about COVID-19, or about how the Squamish Nation is responding to COVID-19, please post them in the comments below. We will work with the public health nurses and staff/leadership to prepare responses to share with you in our next update.

Reminder re: COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
Our COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey is now open for the purpose of identifying current COVID-19-related needs in our community.

The survey link is available here. You can also find it at www.squamish.net/covid-19

It should take no more than five minutes to complete.

This survey will be open until next Monday, September 21. Please help spread the word! We hope to have one representative from each household complete the survey.

If members require support or wish to complete the survey by telephone, please call 604-362-4558 during regular business hours.

Reminder re: Masks & Gloves Available
We have received some large donations of masks and gloves for distribution to members, both on the North Shore (and surrounding areas) and in the Squamish Valley.

Both fabric and disposable masks are available, as well as disposable gloves.

If you or any members of your household need masks or gloves, please call 604-982-7610 to request these items.

Please note that these items are not restricted to households who are self-isolating. Masks and gloves will be distributed upon request to all members who need them.

Public Health Measures
As always, let’s keep up the great work by continuing to:
• Keep your bubble small
• Maintain 2m/6ft distance between you and anyone outside your bubble
• Wear a mask anywhere that social distancing may be a challenge
• Wash your hands frequently
• Don’t touch your face
And, with the extremely poor air quality we’re facing right now due to the wildfires, it’s recommended that we all stay inside as much as possible, and keep your windows and doors closed to keep the smoke out.

Reminder re: Isolation Supports through Member Services
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Member Services team is providing a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of those in isolation.

Call 604-982-7610 during business hours, or 604-505-3776 after hours.

FNHA: Information on Wildfire Smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The First Nations Health Authority shared the below information regarding the wildfire smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Information on Wildfire Smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Air quality has deteriorated throughout BC recently as a result of wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California. The air quality health index (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/data/aqhi-table.html) is currently “high” or “very high” risk for much of BC, with the worst air quality closest to the U.S. border.

Reducing your exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect your health. When the skies are smoky, stay indoors as much as possible, avoid exercising outdoors, and avoid doing activities that may cause further indoor or outdoor air pollution. N95 masks should be reserved for health care professionals during the pandemic, and not be a primary means of reducing smoke exposure.

The FNHA recommends First Nations communities create cleaner air spaces, where individuals can find relief from wildfire smoke. FNHA Environmental Health Officers can support First Nations communities in identifying these spaces, which may already exist in your community. If you are at high risk and are unable to access a community cleaner air space due to mobility or access issues, the FNHA can support with procurement of HEPA (“High Efficiency Particulate Air”) filters or provide information on how to build your own air cleaner. Contact your Environmental Health Officer for more information: environmental.health@fnha.ca

About Wildfire Smoke
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of chemicals and pollutants that is harmful to human health. Smoke can cause coughing, and eye and lung irritation and inflammation. It can also reduce your ability to fight off respiratory infections. Individuals exposed to wildfire smoke may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and may have more severe cases of COVID-19 if they become infected.

Individuals with higher health risks related to wildfire smoke include those who have existing conditions such as asthma, COPD, or other lung or respiratory diseases (including COVID-19); pregnant women; and those who are immunocompromised.

Disasters like wildfires and the current pandemic affect individuals in many ways, including strains on our emotional and mental wellness. During this challenging time, remember to check in with yourself and your loved ones, especially Elders, children and those who may be more at risk.

CLICK HERE to view the FNHA Wildfire Smoke Notice

Visit the FNHA Website for Additional Resources: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/information-on-wildfire-smoke-and-the-covid-19-pandemic

North Shore Free and Low-Cost Meals and Groceries

The North Shore Population Health team at Vancouver Coastal Health and North Shore Emergency Operations Centre’s Food Security working group compiled information to share resources about grocery and meal resources on the North Shore.

Click the below links for September 2020 Resources:

North Shore Access Free and Low-Cost Meals and Groceries: volunteer grocery shopping and delivery, hampers/emergency food, and prepared meals.

North Shore Grocery Access Information for Service Providers and Residents: highlights options for ordering groceries by phone, delivery, shopping hours for seniors, etc.

CLICK HERE to find and print updated copies of this information.

CLICK HERE to view the map format.

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