As the number of active COVID cases is rising on Haida Gwaii, let’s remind ourselves of what matters. We are fortunate to live in a community where people care about each other. More than ever now, we need to look out for one another, and do the right thing.

We all know what to do   

We can continue to help slow the spread of the virus by following the advice of our Public Health Team and EOCs:

  1. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who is sick    
  2. When outside of your “bubble”, stay at least 2m (6 feet) away from others; if you cannot do so, wear a comfortable mask to reduce the risk of transmission (even if you feel well)    
  3. Wash your hands often, and try to not touch your face
  4. Be kind to each other – trust that each person is doing the best they can, given their particular circumstances.
  5. Reach out to each other – help make sure those of us who must isolate can do so safely. Call them, offer to get groceries or medicines.

We are ready for this      

  1. We have clear protocols and the necessary resources to ensure that people have access to the care they need and take precautions in the timeliest way possible
  2. You will be contacted directly by our Public Health Team as soon as possible if it is discovered that you are infected or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19    ​
  3. Your health care providers and EOCs are prepared to help care for those who may get sick during this pandemic  

We are going to be OK    

  1. Most people who get COVID will fully recover and will do so in the comfort of their own home, with close monitoring by their health care providers to ensure that they get the care they need, when they need it
  2. As long as we all do our part, the spread of COVID in our community will be limited and our health care services will be able to manage what comes our way    ​

Watch the recent COVID-19 update hosted by Jisgang (Nika Collison) with: 
– Haida Nation: President Gaagwiis (Jason Alsop)
– Niislaa Naay Healing House (Old Massett Health Centre): Monica Brown, Health Director and Shauna Smith, Community Health Nurse 
– Xaaynangaa Naay House of Life (Skidegate Health Centre): Lauren Brown, Health Director 
– First Nations Health Authority, Dr Nel Wieman, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

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