The Tsawwassen First Nation is setting up a checkpoint following the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.
In a message to members, Chief Ken Baird said they have the resources they need for self-isolating and support and asked those living on Tsawwassen Lands to stay vigilant.
“We will not be shaming and blaming individuals who were exposed to COVID-19, as we are all in this together. If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, be assured that Fraser Health’s public health team will contact you directly and provide further instruction,” he said.
Baird said it’s important to note that members and other residents may also feel symptoms related to the wildfire smoke and that the TFN’s health and social services team is available to help distinguish between symptoms of smoke and the virus.
“They are also available for mental health supports, medical supports, and supports for self-isolation. Let us all move forward with kindness, respect and caution, and remember to wash our hands, practice physical distancing, wear masks in public spaces and follow public health advice. Please also remember to keep your bubbles as small as possible,” he said.
Noting they are taking concerns about public health and safety very seriously, Baird said a checkpoint has been set up on Blue Heron Way near Swan Road as of today (Sept. 18).
The checkpoint will be monitored 24/7.
Pedestrian and vehicular entry will be restricted to Tsawwassen members, staff and essential services. Licence plate information and contact information will be recorded.
He explained they are starting a “soft launch” approach and want to reassure members and residents that they won’t restrict entry in certain instances, such as members visiting family, non-member family members, crews working at construction sites, buses and food deliveries, as well as a few other special cases.
In a video message to members last week, Baird and Executive Council members said the TFN did not have a confirmed case but stringent safety measures need to stay in place for the time being.
They also wanted to assure members they are not alone.
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