Potential COVID-19 Exposure At John Barsby Community School

Nov. 10/20

Dear Snuneymuxw Community:

Snuneymuxw First Nation received notification late this afternoon about a positive case for COVID-19 at John Barsby Community School in the School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith). The dates of potential exposure at the school are November 5 and 6, 2020. Due to privacy issues, Island Health and the School District 68 are not able to give any further information.

Island Health is currently conducting, and will complete, contact tracing to identify any staff or students who may have been exposed, and who will need to self-isolate. If you have been contacted by Island Health, please follow their instructions and guidelines for self-isolation including monitoring for symptoms. If you do develop any symptoms while in isolation, please call 8-1-1 immediately and a health professional will provide you with instructions and determine whether you need to be tested. If you would like to inquire about getting tested for the coronavirus, please call the Island Health COVID-19 testing call centre at 1-844-901-8442, Monday to Sunday, 8:30AM-4:30PM.

If you have not been contacted by Island Health, please continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Please continue to practice social distancing, only have your "Safe Six" in your household bubble, and practice enhanced personal hygiene.

We recognize that COVID-19 has had significant impacts on the well-being and mental health of families. Snuneymuxw First Nation is working hard to keep you and your families safe, strong, and resilient. Thank you for taking care of yourselves and each other.

Chief and Council will continue to closely monitor this matter and ensure appropriate community and workplace safety measures.

If you have any further questions, please contact Emmy Manson at 778-971-0715 or Marina White at 250-668-5244.

Thank you.