Dear Sun Peaks Residents
Re: COVID -19 Update
Well the good news is there are no new confirmed cases in Sun Peaks since the last posting.
First, I would like to acknowledge and send a large thank you to the young people of Sun Peaks who were affected by the recent COVID – 19 positive results. They were instrumental in helping identify cases by using social media to notify co-workers and friends of possible exposure. There appears to be a bit of a lag time from positive patients giving names and contacts to public health and then public health tracing these contacts. By being made aware of possible exposure and using isolation, I am sure this has helped contain the viral spread.
Secondly, there may be some confusion about the 10 day and 14 day ‘quarantine’.
If you were in close contact with a positive patient you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from day of exposure, as symptoms can develop within that period.
What counts as close contact?
– You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
– You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
– You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
– You shared eating or drinking utensils
– They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
If any of the above:
– Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
– Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
– If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick
If you are tested positive for COVID-19:
For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.
I hope this helps clarify this. If you are unsure, call the Public Health Nurse or the clinic here in Sun Peaks.
Finally, although you may now have read about this in the news media, a reminder that positive patients who have no symptoms, still have the same ‘viral load’ and contagious ability as someone with COVID symptoms.
Once again, thank you all again for staying safe personally and for the benefit of our community.
Shane Barclay MD
Medical Director, Sun Peaks Health Centre