Message to the Snuneymuxw community for the COVID-19 Disease - UPDATED

Mar. 24/20

COVID-19 Statement from Chief Mike Wyse 

 

 

 Good day Snuneymuxw,

 

Yesterday, Snuneymuxw Chief and Council declared a state of emergency for Snuneymuxw First Nation due to COVID-19. We made this decision taking many factors into consideration, such as enhancing your public safety, enforcing public health orders and heeding the advice of emergency and government authorities.

Effective immediately, access to Snuneymuxw reserves is prohibited to the public and our longhouse is officially closed. Enforcement procedures to implement these emergency measures is currently underway. More information will follow.

As well, you are advised to stay home as much as possible, and only leave your house to get groceries or access critical health care services.

In these times, I ask that our community work together by communicating with one another, practice protective health measures, and abide by the state of emergency instructions.

Call *811 or a Snuneymuxw health nurse if you feel symptoms of the virus, feel ill or test positive for COVID-19.

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

 

Respectfully,

Chief Mike Wyse

 

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Snuneymuxw Community: 

On behalf of Chief and Council, I want to assure you that we are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak internationally, nationally, provincially and locally. We are activating precautions and measures to protect our collective health and safety.

Please remain calm, be safe and practice the prevention and response measures articulated by the federal Chief Public Health Officer and the provincial Public Health Officer. While the coronavirus was detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China and has since spread across the world, we will get through this together with the guidance of our teachings and caring for one another.

Snuneymuxw will implement all public health orders issued by health authorities. Also, we are actively involved with the Emergency Coordination Centre, an emergency readiness and response team comprised of local and regional emergency responders.

We are compelled to implement containment and prevention measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. All community gatherings, meetings, activities and programming is cancelled until May 30, 2020. As well, Snuneymuxw public facilities (gym, youth center, Woodbank and the House of Learning) and service buildings (band office, Health Centre, Daycare and QQS) will close for two weeks starting March 18, 2020. Essential services (social assistance, tuition, living allowance, garbage and recycle pick-up, doctors, nurses, home support staff, patient travel, acupuncture, community driver, cedar woman house, patient travel and financial administration) will continue. More information will follow about how you can access essential services.

I recognize that what is occurring may cause added economic stress to families. We are currently preparing care packages for you and more information will follow regarding delivery.

We will continue to prepare, respond, and communicate with you about the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds.

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I am pleased to announce that we, the Nation, are working hard to stay up to date and informed on COVID-19. We are highly committed to keeping our community safe. Following the declaration of COVID-19 as a Global Pandemic, all departments within Snuneymuxw, our members, AND anyone living within our vicinities are advised to adhere to the following recommendations provided within the enclosed information package as advised by FNHA and VIHA. 

Please be advised that this pandemic is being closely monitored by the Nation and we are taking all necessary precautions to maintain the current low risk status we are in. This package is being distributed throughout the community and we have assigned the role of Incident Commander to Emmy Manson who will lead the response by working with partners pandemic and our protocol. 

In order to ensure the health and safety of all members, including children and Elders, anyone who display symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and refrain from accessing the SFN Gym, Daycare, and Youth Centre facilities to ensure the safety and health of everyone. 

We will be distributing regular updates and responding to concerns as they arise. If you are experiencing symptoms of distress such as anxiety, worry, or fear, know that this is a normal response to an abnormal situation. Do not hesitate to reach out for support: 

• Kuu-us Crisis line is I 800-588-8717
• To speak with someone at Public Health regarding COVID-19, please call 1-833-784- 4397.

As always, please feel free to contact our Health Centre staff for support at 250-740-2337.

 

Sincerely, 

Chief Mike Wyse 

 

Please also see the COVID-19 FAQ's attached below. 

 

 Good day Snuneymuxw, 

Yesterday, Snuneymuxw Chief and Council declared a state of emergency for Snuneymuxw First Nation due to COVID-19. We made this decision taking many factors into consideration, such as enhancing your public safety, enforcing public health orders and heeding the advice of emergency and government authorities. 

Effective immediately, access to Snuneymuxw reserves is prohibited to the public and our longhouse is officially closed. Enforcement procedures to implement these emergency measures is currently underway. More information will follow. 

As well, you are advised to stay home as much as possible, and only leave your house to get groceries or access critical health care services. 

In these times, I ask that our community work together by communicating with one another, practice protective health measures, and abide by the state of emergency instructions. 

Call *811 or a Snuneymuxw health nurse if you feel symptoms of the virus, feel ill or test positive for COVID-19. 

We will continue to update you as information becomes available. 

Respectfully, 

Chief Mike Wyse