Squamish Nation: Stay COVID-19 Smart

Press Releas

September 24, 2021

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases in our communities. We continue to deal with these cases under the guidance of Public Health.

It is important to keep in mind that these numbers are low and fluctuate as Members recover. Exact numbers are not being shared at this time to protect the privacy of Members who may be isolating or currently recovering from the virus.

At this time, we are respectfully requesting that Members not post names or other unverified information you might have heard on social media.
Where to Find Credible and Official Information About COVID-19

We understand that the prolonged stress of the pandemic has been difficult. There is a lot of information about COVID-19 and it is normal to feel anxious when the provincial health restrictions change. It is important that you get your information about COVID-19 from credible and reliable sources.

The Nation is committed to the safety of Members. We hope that you find these official resources helpful.

Take a minute to fill out our survey and tell us what you would like to know about COVID-19 or the vaccine! The survey is anonymous. We are collecting questions so that a Squamish Nation doctor can answer them in a video. Stay tuned!

COVID-19 Updates and Support From the Nation

Keep up to date at squamish.net/covid-19 or facebook.com/SquamishNation. We also add information in the North Vancouver and Squamish Valley newsletters.

Members can call and speak to clinical staff for up-to-date information and ask questions as needed.

  • Yúustway (Health, Wellness & Recreation) at 604-982-0332 or Kal’numet Primary Care at 604-985-2052

If you test positive for COVID-19 and need emergency assistance or care while isolating, call Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services)

  • 604-982-7610 during office hours or 604-505-3776 after hours

Indigenous COVID-19 Resources

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

  • FNHA Health Benefits Isolation Support team can also help if you need to self-isolate. To see if you are eligible, call 1-888-305-1505

BC Centre for Disease Control: Indigenous COVID-19 resources

First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day phone number: 1-855-344-3800

COVID-19 Vaccines

We want to remind Members of the importance of being fully vaccinated (2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.)

Vaccinations protect us and those around us, including anyone unable to get the vaccine, which includes our children under 12 years old. The more people in a community who are vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

All BC residents age 12+ are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t been vaccinated or if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose, visit gov.bc.ca/VaxForBC to find a drop-in clinic near you or gov.bc.ca/GetVaccinated to make an appointment.

Public Health Guidelines

We are reminding all Members to follow safety protocols to keep our communities safe.

  • Wear a mask in all indoor public spaces
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Consider limiting indoor personal gatherings
  • Get vaccinated to keep those unable to be vaccinated safe, including our Elders and children

It is important that you get tested, stay home if you are sick, and follow the advice given to you by public health contact tracers.

  • You can call 8-1-1 for guidance or use the BC Self-Assessment Tool if you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms. More information about COVID-19 testing can also be found here.

If you come into contact with someone with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, Public Health will get in touch with you and provide guidance and next steps.

Parents and families are encouraged to keep up to date on provincial COVID-19 guidelines and health and safety measures for school aged children.

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