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COVID-19 Community Update 68

Splatsin currently has zero active cases and zero in self-isolation. We are in Pandemic Risk Level 3: High.

“The weather is shifting we are moving toward Spring. I would like to thank each one of you who have continued to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, wearing masks in public, physically distancing, and not gathering in large groups of people who you don’t reside with.

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian

We are getting weary of this semi-isolation as we continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19. This is a friendly reminder that COVID-19 does not move around, but people do. Help stop the spread by not travelling unless you must do so for essential reasons such as work or medical appointments. When you do travel outside of your home for groceries, healthcare or school – continue to practice the safety protocols mentioned above.

Our health team has been preparing for the vaccination process. Please note we have been informed that we could receive as little as 24-hour notice before the arrival of the vaccine in our community. I, like many people, had questions about the vaccine due to my health concerns. I contacted my doctor and he said it will be safer for me to get the vaccine than to get COVID-19. Our health team has prepared a process as to how the vaccinations will safely take place in our community. See the vaccine FAQ page for details.

I would like to acknowledge all of you for our response to the COVID-19-positive cases we experienced in our community last month, as the virus did not spread and we are currently at zero cases and zero in self-isolation as I write this. Together, we stopped the spread from getting into our homes, protecting our elders, families, and children. Great job! Knucwentwecw! Helping each other and Knucwectsut.s (help yourself). I would also like to acknowledge that the wood crew that has been delivering wood to the band members who require it.

Spring is just around the corner and I am thinking about my garden; what I am going to grow; what do I need to get ready for planting; and what the layout of my garden will look like. I am planning to plant other fruit trees and prune the ones I have as there is nothing better; then picking fruit fresh off the tree and eating it. I am also looking forward to putting up my sqilye in the spring as I haven’t had my sweat house operating in years.

I am always thinking about how our old ones long ago did what they needed to do to ensure our survival today. They encountered smallpox, the Spanish Flu, residential schools, the reserve system, and the white laws that stole our lands, resources, water and food from us. But we are still here today. They did ceremonies and prayed, they planned on a seasonal basis; they worked hard, and they never gave up. They helped each other. They helped themselves. What our old ones did over the last 200 hundred years is why we are here and why we will survive this pandemic – it is in our blood.”

Kukpi7 Wayne Christian

Update from Splatsin Health Services

There will be a live COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A session online on Tuesday, March 2 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Meghan Tetrault, RN, Community Health Nurse will provide a COVID-19 vaccine update and general information. There will be approximately 45 minutes for band members to respectfully ask questions about the vaccine and the rollout process.

You must register for the Q&A session in advance HERE.

Splatsin Health Services would like to remind members that Splatsin does not decide when or how many doses of the vaccine are received. This is up to the federal and provincial governments and their rollout plan. Familiarize yourself with BC’s 4-Phase Immunization Plan HERE. We are currently in Phase 1.

COVID-19 Contacts

  • Splatsin Health Centre: (250) 838-9538
  • HealthLink BC: 8-1-1
  • BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool: here
  • Non-heath information hotline: 1-888-COVID19

Practice ‘The 5’:

Face: Don’t touch it
Feet: Stay 6 feet from people outside of your home
Cough: Into your elbow
Hands: Wash them with soap and water often
Sick?: Stay home and call the Splatsin Health Centre

COVID-19 Resources

Continue to act like you already have COVID-19. If you experience flu-like or respiratory symptoms, call Splatsin Health Services at (250) 838-9538. After hours, call HealthLink BC at 811. These updates are published weekly by Splatsin Health Services using the most recent COVID-19 data available.

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