March 20, 2020 – Update


Notice to Staff & Community

As of Monday morning, we are increasing our efforts even more:

The Band Office front doors will be locked as of Monday morning.
The Doctors’ Clinic is by appointment only – you must call: 604-796-2165.
NO WALK-INS
The Seabird Pharmacy is open for business, but you must call ahead: 604-491-4477
An intercom will be used outside the front door, through which visitors will reach reception.

Staff will access the building through the external wing doors. (If a staff member does not yet have access, please let your manager know.)

Building access is by appointment only for community members: Please use your phone, for Band Office business and for personal business. The goal is to limit all social contact as much as possible, and to follow social distancing measures everywhere – here, at home, on the street, buying food or gas.

All regular programs are cancelled: we are working to deliver the needed / essential services to community, in accordance with the public health requirements.

The Gas Bar will be making some changes as well, to keep you and everyone else safe. Please read and obey the signs and direction that staff there provide.

Thank you all, for working with us to take care of yourselves and the people around you.

SIB leadership team


Notice to the Community

HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID UPDATE March 20, 2020

HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID UPDATE March 20, 2020

The situation in Canada is changing daily. Our health system is already feeling the burden.

SLOW the SPREAD! Stay at home.

  • Limit in-community gatherings to less than ten and keep distance from anyone you don’t live with
  • Wash your hands and DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others while out of your home.

Help us make sure everyone who gets sick can get the help they need!

THE BAND OFFICE IS CLOSED BUT WE ARE STILL PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES

  • All regular programming closed
  • Medical clinic: by appointment only. Call 604 796 2165
    • No acupuncture or massage
  • Pharmacy: call ahead to plan pick up or problem solve 604 491-4477
  • Dental clinic: opens on Tuesday for urgent/emergent only. Call 604 796 6853
  • Home care, home support and elders: visits by phone or in person as needed
  • Youth: small group only, essential services only. Contact Katelyn if your child requires this service 604 819 7897
  • Maternal Child: required care is ongoing
  • Nutrition: one on one for food security only
  • Immunizations: call the medical clinic for appointment
  • Recovery and family homes are open with new precautions
  • Counselling: by telephone
  • Family development: visits and support as needed
  • Urgent medical transportation, call John Bobb 694 798 4832
  • Income assistance, use Income assistance facebook page or call Erna Paul 604 819 5313
  • Employment questions: Call Brian 604 845 3843

Where to get your COVID 19 updates

WEARING GLOVES AND MASK

What we know is that wearing gloves and masks is NOT generally helpful in protecting you from infection. They offer a false sense of protection and actually increase the spread of germs if not used correctly.

Use a mask if:

  • You are sick and coughing and need to go out in  public
  • You are a health worker and have been instructed to do so

Use gloves if:

  • You have a small and direct job to do that puts you in contact with a lot of germs (e.g. cashiers handling cash, daycare worker changing a diaper). Don’t touch anything else with your gloves and remove and dispose after you have completed the small and direct job. Then wash your hands.

HANDWASHING

Soap and water is best. Wash for 20 seconds…this is a long time! Wash each finger and thumb separately. Wash under each finger nail. Wash your wrist. Check out this video: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1712519235782

NOW IS THE TIME TO DO YOUR PART TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD

  1. Do not cross the border to the US
  2. Self isolate for 14 days if you cross the border (level 2 precaution….see below)
  3. Ask family and friends from across the border to NOT visit
  4. Refrain from any unnecessary travel, even local and especially outside of the region. Stay close to home.
  5. If you have contact with someone from a high risk area, MONITOR YOUR HEALTH CLOSELY (level three precaution….see below)
    1. At the first sign of sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath remove yourself from the general public and self-isolate

SHOPPING TIPS

The supply is still coming in to all stores but panic buying is affecting availability

  • Call friends and neighbors and combine lists so that only one of you has to shop, or carpool
  • Arrange to have someone else watch your kids so they don’t have to come with you
  • Bring your own cloth bags and wash them once you are home
  • Go first thing in the morning. There are no shortages in supply but the shelves empty quickly
  • Avoid panic shopping but get two weeks’ worth of your regular groceries if you are able. If you’d like to stock up choose high protein foods and staples like rice and pasta. Bleach is a good option for home sanitizing. Remember, the supply is good, so you’ll be able to shop again next week.
  • Be prepared to wait in long line ups
  • Wash your hands when you come home
  • Contact the family development team if you need help shopping (ask for Ashley Bobb at switchboard). WE CAN HELP

Avoid facebook and other non-legitimate source of information.

  • Beware there are many scams right now. Do not give money over the internet to cures or charities related to the virus. Be careful which internet sites you visit as some of the more shady ones have increased malware associated.

TWO TYPES of precaution for COVID exposure

HOME ISOLATION: YOU’VE HAD EXPOSURE OR HAVE TRAVELLED OUTSIDE CANADA

  • Remain in your home unless you need to go out for essential purpose (medications, medical care)
    • Wear a mask if you cannot maintain social distancing (6 feet away from the next person)
  • Do not go to school or work
  • Do not use public transit or bus
  • Call ahead for medical/dental appointments: tell them you are self-isolating

Protect others in your home

  • Social distancing, keep everyone 6 feet away
  • Have your own bathroom if possible. If not, use the bathroom at different times and clean well after your use
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands
  • Do not share household items (cups, dishes, eating utensils)
    • Wash with soap and water after using
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (1 part bleach to 9 parts water)

Keep visitors away

Monitor your health

  • At the very first sign of sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, consider yourself as having a mild case of COVID 19.
    • Begin a 14 day full quarantine at home. Follow FH guidelines
    • Stay at home except for urgent medical care
    • Keep 10 feet away from anyone else

HYPERVIGILANCE, LOW THRESHOLD: YOU’VE HAD EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE WHO HAD EXPOSURE TO COVID 19 (BUT NOT CONFIRMED) OR TO SOMEONE WHO TRAVELLLED

  • Continue with your usual activities but be hypervigilant of your symptoms
  • At the very first sign of sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, remove yourself from public
  • Put yourself on level Home Isolation

Call 811 for further information

Seabird Doctor’s office is open for patients

  • No more walk-ins. Please call to make an appointment
  • If you have mild symptoms of cold or flu please stay home. You don’t need to see a doctor
  • Prescriptions can be re-filled at pharmacy without a doctor’s note
  • Expect a screening call from the team before your appointment; follow their directions

Most important public health measures

  • Wash your hands often
  • Do not touch your face
  • Keep yourself healthy
  • Stay at home if you are sick (even if its not COVID, less germs mean a better immune system)
    • Don’t see a doctor if you don’t have to
    • Return to school or work when your symptoms are gone (non COVID symptoms)
    • Return to school or work 14 days after the onset of symptoms (COVID symptoms)
  • Protect elders and more vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions