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As of September 2, 2021 masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

As of August 6, 2021 the village of Klemtu is re-opening according to the Kitasoo Xai’xais Restart Plan. Klemtu is now open for travel for all that are double vaccinated. Those who are not vaccinated, we ask that you self-monitor, wear a mask and social distance when necessary.

On March 8. 2020, the Kitasoo Band Council activated the Emergency Operations Centre. This was done as a precautionary measure to keep Klemtu safe. This will allow us to respond in a proactive way.

As of March 18, 2020, all non-local travel into Klemtu, BC is prohibited for the safety of our most vulnerable. Applications to travel to Klemtu is open for membership who wish to come home or essential workers coming to perform necessary work.

Currently the EOC is operating at level 2 which calls for the establishment of an Emergency Operations Centre and a notification to Emergency Management BC. While we currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Klemtu, things can change very quickly. The EOC will maintain an open line of communication with the community as information becomes available.

As of August 24, 2020, until further notice all residents and visitors to Klemtu, BC will be required to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public spaces.

Masks will be mandatory in the following locations:

  • Kitasoo Band Office
  • Kitasoo Post Office
  • Kitasoo Band Store
  • House of Wolves

what is covid-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. Symptoms may also vary in different age groups. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

Children have been more commonly reported to have abdominal symptoms, and skin changes or rashes. In severe cases, infection can lead to death. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms. This includes people who:

  • have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic)
  • never develop symptoms (asymptomatic)

While experts know that these kinds of transmissions are happening among those in close contact or in close physical settings, it is not known to what extent. This means it is extremely important to follow the proven preventative measures.

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, reduce your contact with others:

  • Isolate yourself at home for 14 days to avoid spreading it to others. If you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance
  • Visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority for information on getting tested. Call ahead to tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions

Children who have mild COVID-19 symptoms are able to stay at home with a caregiver throughout their recovery without needing hospitalization. If you are caring for a child who has suspected or probable COVID-19, it is important to follow the advice for caregivers. This advice will help you protect yourself, others in your home, as well as others in the community.

If you become sick while travelling back to Canada:

  • Inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer
  • Advise a Canada border services agent on arrival in Canada if you believe you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The Canada border services agent will provide instructions for you to follow

Have you been on a recent flight, cruise or train? Check the listed exposure locations to see if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

You can also join the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 with Canada’s free COVID Alert app. It notifies you if someone you were near in the past 14 days tells the app they tested positive. Download COVID Alert.

The COVID-19 pandemic is new and unexpected. This situation can be unsettling and can cause a sense of loss of control. It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried in a crisis. Make sure to care for your mental and physical wellbeing and to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed.

Since the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can be absent, mild, severe or can look like the flu or other illnesses, the only way to confirm you have COVID-19 is through a laboratory test. For information about COVID-19 testing in your area, contact your local public health authority.

If you’ve been tested for coronavirus and receive a positive test result, you must isolate at home, whether you have symptoms or not.

If you have symptoms (symptomatic), you must:

  • Isolate at home (as soon as your symptoms start), and remain isolated for 14 days or as directed by your public health authority.

If you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) you must:

  • Isolate at home as soon as you receive the confirmed laboratory test, and remain isolated for 14 days or as directed by your public health authority.
  • If you did not have symptoms when you got tested, but then develop symptoms during your 14-day isolation period, you must restart your isolation time.

Refer to your public health authority to find out how many days you should remain in isolation.

Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own. If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should self-monitor and consult your health care provider. They may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms.

We do not yet have a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but research and development are underway. Health Canada has introduced innovative and agile regulatory measures that will speed up the review of COVID-19 health products while still meeting standards for:

  • safety
  • quality
  • efficacy

Learn more about vaccines and treatments being developed for COVID-19.

If you have received a flu vaccine, it will not protect against coronaviruses, but will help prevent the flu. Getting the flu could make you more vulnerable to other infections.

Getting the flu vaccine will not increase your risk of illness from coronavirus. For more information, please refer to this recently published Canadian research study.

All information listed is from the Canada website linked below.


This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
  • greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
  • stay home as much as possible, including for meals and entertainment
  • grocery shop once per week
  • take public transportation during off-peak hours
  • conduct virtual meetings
  • host virtual playdates for your kids
  • use technology to keep in touch with friends and family

If possible,

  • use food delivery services or online shopping
  • exercise at home or outside
  • work from home
  • wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
  • cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
  • avoid touching surfaces people touch often
  • self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including:
    • cough
    • fever
    • difficulty breathing
  • separate yourself from others as soon as you have symptoms
  • if you are outside the home when a symptom develops, go home immediately and avoid taking public transit
  • stay home and follow the advice of your Public Health Authority, who may recommend isolation
  • call ahead to a health care provider if you are ill and seeking medical attention

Self Isolation

 If you have been potentially exposed to the virus, you will be contacted by your regional health authority’s public health team through a process called contact tracing. This means you are a contact of a confirmed case. If you do not have symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate so that if you develop COVID-19, you won’t spread it to others in the community.


  • Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
  • Ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order groceries and medication by phone or online.
  • Do not have visitors in your home except if they are providing care or delivering goods and supplies, and in that case, maintain a distance of 2 metres.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Self-isolation can end 14 days after the last contact or return to Canada if you have not developed symptoms.

covid-19 Crisis Management

If you or anyone you know are suffering from mental distress, please see the link below for call lines for the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Depression
  • Depression Youth
  • Mental Wellness
  • Family Support
  • Substance Abuse
  • Physical Wellness

Status Cards during covid-19

Best Practices Surrounding Status Cards During COVID-19

In response to questions received from First Nations members, citizens, and stakeholders, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is proactively sharing information to ensure that registered persons with a status card can access programs, services, rights and benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All ISC offices for Indian status and secure status card applications are closed until further notice. Processing times, including return of original documents, are delayed.

In light of these circumstances, ISC is recommending to service providers that they should accept status cards or Temporary Confirmation of Registration Documents (TCRDs) past the renewal date with a second piece of identification. ISC will be reaffirming to businesses and service providers that Indian status does not expire, and that the registration number provided on these documents remains the same and is what is required to confirm eligibility for programs and services.

It is recommended to share this notice with your members, so that they have a copy accessible to them to show services providers in the event there are difficulties.

For more information, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities or email the Public Enquiries Contact Centre.

Should anyone need to request a Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document (TCRD), you can email and put TCRD in the subject line and someone will get back to you.