COVID-19 Community Update- January 6

Community Cases

There are active cases in the community. If you test positive, you are asked to quarantine for 14 days. If you came into contact with someone who tested positive or have been advised by Vancouver Coastal Health, you are to quarantine for 14 days.

All health orders should be followed to the best of our abilities. This means do not visit with people outside of your household (or two- household bubble if you live alone). Wash your hands frequently, especially when leaving your household or work. Wear a face mask when in public at all times. Maintain 6 feet distances with people outside your household when possible.

Difference between Quarantine and Isolation

‘Quarantine’ refers to the 14 days that a person must:
• Stay at home.
• Monitor for symptoms.
• Avoid contact with other people.

You will have to quarantine if you:
• Are returning from outside Canada.
• Have been in contact with a possible COVID-19 case.
• Have been told to by your local public health authority.

‘Isolation’ is when you stay at home and limit contact with others because you have a symptom of COVID-19 and may have been exposed.

If you are concerned about a member who you think should be quarantining or isolating, call the Squamish Nation Guardians who may assist in providing education and information for the community member. The number for the Squamish Nation Guardians is 604-374-2687.

How to Quarantine:
• Stay at home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
• Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
• Ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order groceries and medication by phone or online.
• Do not have visitors in your home except if they are providing care or delivering goods and supplies, and in that case, maintain a distance of 2 metres.
• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
• Self-isolation can end 14 days after the last contact or return to Canada if you have not developed symptoms.

Squamish Nation members can call the Member Services Department to receive emergency assistance and care while you isolate at 604-982-7610 during offices or 604-505-3776 after hours. They will help with cleaning supplies and shopping.

Social Gatherings

What do I do as a member if there is a large gathering or party happening?

If you are concerned about a large social gathering (happening during the day from 8am-5pm), you can call the non-emergency police line.

North Shore: 604-985-1311
Squamish: 604-892-6100

If after regular business hours, you may call 911 to report.

Members should not call 911 to report minor issues such as having friends over or small gatherings in the back yard. However if there is a large party, the Integrated First Nations Unit (IFNU) encourages people to call 911 after regular business hours. The Integrated First Nations Unit is a partnership of West Vancouver Police, RCMP in North Vancouver and Squamish, and the Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations.

Police will be attending these incidents and assessing the situation. People in the house or at the large gathering will be asked to leave and people responsible for hosting the party are eligible to be fined if deemed necessary by Police.

What will the Nation to do regarding social gatherings or parties?

The Nation is working with law enforcement to assist in protecting the community and address major issues.

The Squamish Nation local state of emergency from April 16th, 2020 still remains in place through the Provincial State of Emergency. This allows the Nation to work with local law enforcement agencies to educate residents and trespassers about the evolving health orders. The state of emergency allows Council to authorize and exercise all powers necessary to deal effectively with the Covid-19 emergency.

In December the Nation hired COVID Guardians in the North Shore and Squamish Valley. The Guardians are responsible for educating, observing, and reporting incidents related to COVID. The Guardians work five days a week including weekends and are instructed to report houses that are hosting parties.

If you want to report a large house party breaking the health orders, the first step would be to call the non-emergency police line during regular business hours or call 911 if after regular business hours.

You can also call the Squamish Nation Guardians 604-374-2687 to report.

Squamish Nation Guardians

The Squamish Nation has a new guardians program to assist our community through the pandemic. They report to the Emergency Coordinator (David Harrison) who reports to the Emergency Operations Director (Paul Wick). There are five Squamish Nation Guardians including three Guardians in North Vancouver and two Guardians in Squamish.

The Squamish Nation Guardian position is part of a public awareness campaign to educate and remind the public on the importance of physical distancing in the territories’ busiest locations. Squamish Nation Guardians safely engage with members of the public to make residents aware of the physical distancing directives and provide education on public etiquette and courtesies for the shared use of outdoor spaces. Mandate to educate and build awareness on the importance of The BC Provincial Health Officers Orders and Recommendations related to COVID- 19 as well as Squamish first Nation’s COVID related State of Emergency Orders and any COVID related regulations that may apply.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities for the Squamish Nation Guardians include:
• Patrolling assigned areas in pairs.
• Safely engaging with members of the public to make residents aware of the physical distancing directives.
• Provides education on public etiquette and courtesies to members of the public for the shared use of outdoor spaces.
• Mitigates and resolves potential confrontations professionally.
• Hand out any appropriate approved educational material.
• Complete daily vehicle, patrol, incident reports.
• Provide incident reports and other records to the Squamish Nation Representatives as requested.
• Inform supervisors of serious incidents
• Receives and investigates complaints.
• Working closely with other Squamish Nation departments and other regulatory bodies such as the Integrated First Nations Unit, RCMP, as required.
• Assists emergency response program as required
• Assisting other Squamish Nation departments before, during, and after events.
• Participates as member of Nation Services.

The Squamish Nation has lawn signs that can be requested, which notifies others that you are not accepting visitors at this time.

To request a sign:

Squamish Valley: 604-892-5166
North Vancouver: 604-982-7600

Vaccination

We are working on setting up a vaccination site for when the vaccine becomes available. We have no confirmed dates at this time, but will provide updates to the community as more information becomes available.

Squamish Nation Office Closure

Due to a recent COVID-19 exposure at the Squamish Nation main office (320 Seymour Blvd), out of an abundance of caution and to protect all staff, members and visitors, the main office will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, January 6 until Monday, January 11, 2021.

The main office will not be accessible during the closure, however reception will still be answering and directing phone calls to staff. No other Squamish Nation offices or workplaces are affected by this exposure and will remain open.

It is extremely important that we are vigilant in our efforts to comply with all of the general COVID safety protocols.

The Squamish Nation is a family, we support each other, we help each other, and through our collective efforts we can keep our family safe.

PHONE NUMBERS

Squamish Nation’s Guardians: 604-374-2687

Member Services Department: 604-982-7610 during office hours or 604-505-3776 after hours

To request a sign, call:
Squamish Valley: 604-892-5166
North Vancouver: 604-982-7600

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