Ucluelet First Nation declares state of emergency amid COVID-19 outbreak

Ucluelet First Nation declares state of emergency amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Ucluelet First Nation has confirmed that there has been a COVID-19 outbreak within the community and the government has declared a state of emergency as a result.

Effective immediately, as of Thursday, October 7 — by order of the President — a state of emergency has been enacted on Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Lands.

In the order issued by president Charles McCarthy, it reads that the community — elders in particular — is facing medical concerns as a result of COVID-19 variants.

With the deployment of the state of emergency, it means that only residents of Hitacu will be allowed to enter the community and citizens who do not live there should not return at this time.

Also, all Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ government offices will be closed except for essential services and only individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are able to enter.

The First Nation is asking residents who have tested positive for the virus to quarantine in their household for 14 days or until they have been medically cleared by a healthcare professional.

The Ucluelet First Nation is asking the community to minimize contact with other households and says that all non-essential travellers will be turned away from entering the area.

“Remember; The best way to protect yourself is by vaccination, however, if you are vaccinated with one dose or two, this does not protect you from catching or spreading the virus. Vaccinations help reduce symptoms,” reads the order issued by the First Nation.

“Continue to use the utmost caution in public spaces and follow all Provincial Health Orders and Guidelines.”

The current order will remain in effect until October 14 and, at that time, will be subject to revision, cancellation, or extension.


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