A version of this notice was delivered to on-reserve households on January 13, 2022.
Dear Musqueam Community Members:
Moving forward through the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to continue to limit or STOP movement between multiple families and other people’s homes. This will protect our Elders and those with compromised immune systems.
On January 9, Musqueam issued a stay in-place recommendation after declaring an active outbreak on our main reserve after approximately 45 cases since mid-December.
This recommendation is meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community by asking people to not interact socially with other households or families at this time. Individuals can still go to work, school or appointments if they are feeling well.
The stay-in place recommendation is officially extended to align with the Provincial Health restrictions currently in place until January 18, 2022.
The current case count at Musqueam is 30 active cases, with an additional 25 individuals recovered, for a total of 55 recent cases of COVID-19. There are approximately 27 people who are in isolation due to close contact with a confirmed positive case.
Of our band members, 28 people declined to receive a booster of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 9 people are undecided if they will receive a booster.
We are still seeing the number of positive cases rising day by day. We recommend continuing to practice limiting social interactions and not visiting homes of others.
It is also highly recommended that eligible individuals receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Anyone experiencing any symptoms should isolate and monitor those symptoms for 24 hours.
If the symptoms continue – please call the COVID hotline 604-269-3444 and request a rapid test from the health department.
If you test positive:
- you will be required to submit an online survey which will alert PHSA to call you.
- you have to quarantine for FIVE (5) days if you have 2 vaccinations.
- If you do not have 2 vaccinations, you will have to quarantine for 10 days.
- If you are still having symptoms – cough, runny nose – after your isolation period, you will need to isolate for an additional period of time.
If you are not sick, you can still go to work, school, appointments, dining out, get gas, grocery shop, etc.
What it does mean is that you should only visit or have interactions with your immediate family or household; and not visit multiple homes for social visits.
Be mindful of homes with Elders or persons individuals with compromised immune systems and do not visit for social reasons.