A message from Chief Doris Bill as we continue to move through the COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse: It’s time to step up and do your part to keep the community safe!
View the message here: https://youtu.be/TTCLWQ8P0l8
Hello. Dä̀nchʼea. I am Doris Bill Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.
I am sending out this message to the KDFN community because I am hearing from many citizens. They are frustrated. They want to know who has COVID, but we cannot share that information.
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 at the general clinic, we here at KDFN don’t know that you’ve tested positive and need support unless you tell us.
This is because personal health information is not freely shared – that’s the law, even in a pandemic.
Even if that information was shared, it wouldn’t necessarily keep people from getting COVID because many people have it and don’t know – that’s why we a need to continue to practice the Safe 6 + 1.
And, we’re hearing that some people who are required to self-isolate are not.
As a government, we are doing everything we can to keep you safe but if you are directed to self-isolate you NEED to do your part too.
At this point, I am asking that everyone assume that everyone in our community has COVID. Don’t visit right now, don’t gather, don’t party, and stay in your bubble – but make certain your bubble is safe. This is what we have been practising for the past year and a half.
And, the single biggest thing you can do to prevent more spread in our community is to get your vaccine.
Now is the time to step up and do everything you can to keep our community safe.
The KDFN Health Centre provides COVID testing. And a message will be coming out shortly that we will be offering rapid testing for symptomatic clients starting Wednesday, June 30th in the community.
If you need help or are confused about what’s being asked of you, please contact the Health Centre.
We have support ready for you.
Finally, I want to thank the Community Safety Officers and the
RCMP who have been working hard and patrolling our community.
We support the measures that the Yukon Government has in place through CEMA… the Civil Emergency Measures Act.
If people continue to not comply with the COVID-safe regulations, we will unfortunately have to look to further enforcement measures through that Act.
Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho and thank you to our citizens who are doing their part.
Stay safe and continue to hold each other up.