A note from Musqueam’s Community Health Nurse, Crystal Point, BScN, RN
We have been doing a great job at keeping COVID-19 out of Musqueam, and we want to continue that here in our close-knit community. In order to do that, we are still following Provincial Health Guidelines very closely. The boarder between Canada and the U.S. is still closed, and the closure has been extended by another 30 days, until July 21, 2020.
We are currently in Phase II, and hopefully moving into Phase III in the next little while. However, we cannot stress the importance around travel, especially with the boarder allowing immediate family members to cross. The U.S. COVID-19 positive cases continues to remain very high, some states as high as 3600 positive cases per day. Washington is among one of the highest growing number of positive cases within the last couple weeks. With that in mind please consider the following should you, or a family member travel, especially across the boarder:
- We are following provincial guidelines and recommendations, and want to reiterate to avoid all non essential travel. Avoid gatherings at this time. IF you must travel —> read the following notice, that states:
- Upon return to BC, you will fall into the MANDATORY self isolation category, and are required to self isolate for 14 days.
- PRIOR to travel have a “self isolation plan” in place for when you return:
- Who will pick up your essentials? Who else is in the home? Is there anyone vulnerable, will you need to relocate to self isolate? All of these questions should be answered and planned out BEFORE travelling.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Premier John Horgan have all repeatedly reminded British Columbians that “now is not the time to travel…. avoid all non essential travel at this time…. This is not forever, but it is for right now.” The Provincial State of Emergency has been extended once again. Although things are appearing positive, in that restrictions are loosening in some areas, they are not lifted in all areas.
Crystal Point, BScN, RN
Community Health Nurse