Vancouver Island First Nation issues warning about possible COVID-19 exposure

Vancouver Island First Nation issues warning about possible COVID-19 exposure
A sign on the doors of the Tsawout First Nation Health Centre, informing the public it is closed due to COVID-19

The Tsawout First Nation is warning the community of a possible COVID-19 exposure at the Tsawout Health Centre located at 7728 Tetayut Rd. in Saanichton on June 16.

In an announcement on the Tsawout First Nation’s website, health manager Lois Williams said the person was present at the centre for only a short time.

“The person observed appropriate physical distancing and hand hygiene measures while they were at the health centre. This incident is a low-risk exposure for other people who may have been at the Health Centre on that day,” reads the announcement.

Anyone who was at the Tsawout Health Centre on June 16 are being asked to monitor themselves on a daily basis for symptoms, but do not need to self-isolate themselves unless they are exhibiting symptoms or have been specifically asked by the Vancouver Island Health Authority to do so.

Island Health is currently investigating this case and they are contacting the people that may have come into direct close contact with this individual, according to Williams.

The Tsawout announcement asks that anyone, including their family members, to immediately self-isolate and call 8-1-1 or the Island Health testing call center 1-844-901-8442, if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Similarly, on June 19, neighbouring Pauqauchin First Nation took extra precautions, closing the office on West Saanich Road due to a possible COVID-19 exposure.

There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island, with the last case reported nearly a month ago.

For self-monitoring guidelines, visit the First Nations Health Authority website, and to take the COVID-19 self-assessment, visit the self-assessment tool on the provincial government’s website.

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