COMMUNITY BULLETIN – Travel Between Communities – February 17, 2021

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February 17, 2021 

Xaayda laas, this bulletin is to notify Haida citizens and citizens of Haida Gwaii that COVID-19 positive cases are increasing on the Islands at this time. As a result of these increasing numbers, the movement of people between communities is limited to essential travel only.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious and is easily transmitted. It can spread in the following ways:

  • Direct contact: talking, laughing (in close contact), sharing food, cigarettes, drinks, hugging and kissing, and ride sharing
  • Indirect contact: when you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then you touch your face (mouth, eyes or nose)


To reduce the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Pull back your social circle to include only people you live with
  • Physically distance (a minimum 2 metres / 6 feet)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home, especially if you have symptoms
  • Do not share rides in vehicles
  • Do not eat / share a meal with someone outside your immediate household


IF YOU START TO FEEL SICK AND HAVE THE SYMPTOMS, HOWEVER MILD, call the Northern COVID-19 line: 1-844-645-7811. They will arrange for you to go to the hospital to get a test. Symptoms include:


·      Fever

·      Chills

·      Cough

·      Loss of sense of smell

·      Loss of sense of taste

·      Difficulty breathing

·      Sore throat

·      Loss of appetite


·      Extreme fatigue or tiredness

·      Headache

·      Body ache

·      Puking or diarrhea


You can also call the CDC nurses in HlGaagilda Skidegate and Gaw Tlagee Old Massett:

  • Shauna Smith, CDC OMVC: 250-626-3911 or 250-922-4488
  • Heather Barnes, CDC Skidegate: 250-559-4610 or 778-361-0182


Kil láa kind words


Haw’aa • haawa to the good people who are self-reporting and helping our communities stay safe.



Barbara Rempel · February 19, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Would like to know where the cases are and how many soil am able to avoid the places as I am a senior
Thank you

Johanne Young · February 23, 2021 at 8:24 am

It’s safe to say we have cases in pretty much every community on Island Barb, we should be prepared as if anyone who enters our 6′ bubble could be carrier, asymptomatic or otherwise… Let’s keep to our household bubble only at this time.

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