Snuneymuxw First Nation declares COVID-19 cluster, issues shelter-in-place order

A Vancouver Island First Nation has implemented a shelter-in-place order for its members after declaring a cluster of COVID-19.

The Snuneymuxw First Nation said in a statement posted to Twitter that it now has seven active cases of COVID-19 in the community.

It said in two new cases reported Saturday, transmission occurred from a member of the same household, but one other case is unrelated.

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The nation is asking all its members to stay at home unless there’s an emergency or it’s for essential reasons. The order takes effect at 9 p.m. Saturday and will for 14 days.

It says each household should designate one person to carry out essential trips and limit those to once a week if possible.

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School District 68 announcing that Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh (QQS) will be closed to all staff and students for the next 14 days.

All students living on-reserve and attending district schools will continue their education remotely.

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The nation is setting up single access points to each reserve that will include a security checkpoint.

“Their purpose is to ensure that only essential services are entering and leaving (the) community,” the nation said in a newsletter for members.

The Snuneymuxw First Nation is on the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo.





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