COVID-19 Community Update – September 8

Current numbers

We have 11 new cases of COVID-19 since our last update on Thursday; 8 of these have been lab-confirmed, and 3 are epi-linked. This brings our total number of cases to 37.

20 of these cases have now been cleared by public health officials following their isolation and are no longer considered infectious. 17 cases remain active.

Recognizing our community’s efforts to stop the spread

We have heard some really positive feedback from the public health officials around the great efforts that have been made to stop the spread by following public health recommendations. We want to acknowledge each and every one of you who has been doing your part to protect our community. It’s not easy distancing yourself from loved ones outside of your small bubble, but it makes a world of difference.

We need to continue to be diligent as a Nation, and as a community. Stick with your small bubble, and limit any interactions with those outside your bubble to a minimum of 2 metres/6 feet away, and preferably outdoors. Please do your part in helping us flatten the curve in our community by keeping your bubble very small, washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and maintaining 2 m/6ft of social distance from anyone outside of your bubble.

For those members who are in self-isolation, please know you are not alone. We are here for you as a Nation. If you need any sort of support, call Member Services at 604-982-7610, or after-hours at 604-505-3776.

Self-isolation periods

We have heard of some confusion in the community around the required duration of self-isolation. Some materials say 10 days, while others say 14 days.

The duration of self-isolation required is determined by a number of factors, including whether someone is a confirmed case, close contact (e.g., a member of their household), or a possible contact.

In most instances, other members of a household where one person has tested positive will actually end up having to self-isolate for an additional period of time after the positive case has been cleared by public health.

What’s most important for everyone to know is that public health provides clear instructions to all individuals who have tested positive or been in contact with a positive case. Public health provides clear instructions to those in isolation, and will provide an official discharge notice upon successful completion of the required time in self-isolation.

If you have tested positive or been exposed and have any questions regarding self-isolation periods, please call 8-1-1.

Cloth and disposable masks available through Member Services

North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma generously donated over 700 cloth masks to the Squamish Nation. If your households needs reusable masks, please get in touch with Member Services. Disposable masks are also available. Call 604-982-7610.

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