The number of confirmed cases at a Vancouver Island First Nation dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 has climbed once again.
Snuneymuxw First Nation confirmed on Tuesday night that three more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active cases within the community to 19.
The infected individuals are currently in isolation and Island Health is conducting contact tracing, according to Snuneymuxw First Nation chief Mike Wyse.
“Our most important goal right now is to contain the spread of the virus and do our absolute best to prevent future transmission. None of us are perfect and we can only do the best that we can every day,” he said.
A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be set up at the Snuneymuxw gym from Jan. 6-7 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., where eligible individuals can receive the Moderna vaccine. Elders will be able to get the vaccine tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“We are prioritizing Snuneymuxw elders in the cluster and who live on-reserve to have the opportunity to receive the vaccine first,” added Wyse.
A shelter-in-place remains in place for members within the community.