There have been 19 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Squamish Nation, only days after the community confirmed its first case since the pandemic began.
“Today we were given the notification that in our community across our reserves we now have 19 cases confirmed,” Kristen Rivers, co-chair of the Squamish Council, said during an update on Sunday.
“We want you to know that we’re here for you and we remain here for you, and you’re not in this alone.”
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Quarantine care teams have been delivering care packages to those with confirmed infections, providing people necessities so they can stay inside and focus on getting better.
“It warms my heart to see us rally around our members who are facing this,” Rivers added, urging people to reach out to the community when they need help.
The news comes the day after the nation announced it would be closing its offices, due to some staff also testing positive
According to a bulletin posted to the nation’s website, all previous cases have been linked to the first confirmed case on the Capilano IR #5 region.
“There is no need to panic. The patients are informed, isolated, and receiving care,” the release said at the time. “As per public health protocols, all close contacts are already in isolation and are being tested. The public health agencies are leading all contact tracing work, and we are working closely with Vancouver Coastal Health and [First Nations Health Authority] to ensure all public health and safety measures are being followed.”
All non-essential employees will be working from home for two weeks, and visitors will not be allowed into the offices.
Anyone who knows that they came into close contact with an infected or symptomatic individual is asked to call 8-1-1 and self-isolate.