Please click here for a printable pdf copy of this guidance updated Feb 18, 2022
The following is a guide to help you stay safe as we continue to move through the Omicron wave. Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) cares about you, and continues to take a cautious approach to slow the spread of COVID-19. We want to protect our most vulnerable community members. We know that public health advice can be confusing, so we are trying to simplify things in a way that is Dän K’e.
Please respect one another and lay low when you must. These precautions are temporary. Please watch for updates here and by the Government of Yukon. CAFN will continue to evaluate and update our approach to ensure it is working and as public health guidance changes.
At this time, please stay home if you:
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test);
- Live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
- Are awaiting a PCR test result;
- Live with someone who is awaiting a PCR test result;
- Have symptoms of COVID-19;
- Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19;
- Are NOT fully vaccinated and have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
Before your return to in-person activities, please:
- Complete your isolation period;
- Ensure you do not have symptoms;
- Complete a negative rapid test.
- * Please take time to rest and recover if you are sick, even if you are working remotely.
Note: CAFN is closed to the public, but open to serve Citizens. All CAFN staff who are able to perform their duties from home continue to work remotely until further notice.
- Trouble breathing
- Decrease or loss of smell
- Decrease or loss of taste
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain (that doesn’t go away)
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Loss of appetite (young children)
- Discoloration of fingers or toes
What should you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms?
- You and your household members should stay home, self-isolate and get tested.
- People who are fully vaccinated can stop isolating 7 days after the start of symptoms if you no longer have symptoms.
- People who are NOT fully vaccinated can stop isolating 10 days after the start of symptoms if you no longer have symptoms.
When should you seek medical care?
If you, your family members or dependents have any of the following symptoms, call 911 and seek immediate emergency help:
- severe difficulty breathing (for example, struggling for each breath or speaking in single words)
- severe chest pain
- feelings of confusion
- loss of consciousness (fainting)
If you’re concerned about symptoms that are not listed above or need medical advice, call 811 or the health centre at 634-4444.
Caring for someone who is sick
Here are some tips to keep you and your household safe if someone in your home has COVID-19:
- Stock up ahead of time on essential items like groceries, cleaning supplies and prescriptions.
- Limit the caregiving responsibilities to one person. Ideally this person would be fully vaccinated.
- Protect yourselves by both wearing a medical mask, washing hands frequently, disinfecting high touch surfaces, distancing when possible, and maintaining good ventilation in common rooms.
- Monitor the symptoms of the person you are taking care of, as well as yourself.
- The caregiver must isolate along with the COVID-19 positive person.
- If you must drive the person you are taking care of to the hospital, call ahead to warn them they are positive.
What should you do if you test positive?
If your rapid test result is positive, it is very likely that you have COVID-19.
- If you are fully vaccinated, you should isolate for 7 days from the day your symptoms started, and until your symptoms are resolved.
- If you are NOT fully vaccinated you should isolate for 10 days, followed by 4 days of self-monitoring, and until your symptoms are resolved.
- If your rapid test result was positive, your household contacts should also self-isolate as noted above.
What should you do if you test negative?
If your rapid test result is negative and you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate. Even if you have a negative test, it is still possible you have COVID-19.
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What does “self-isolation” mean?
Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means laying low and avoiding contact with others.
- Stay home except to get urgent medical care
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas (e.g. places of worship, stores, and
- Cancel non-urgent appointments.
- Do not use public transportation including buses or taxis.
- Do not have other persons come stay or visit you in your home.
- If you feel well, you can still go outdoors away from others, order groceries online and do contactless pick up, and generally go about life as normal away from others.
What does “quarantine” mean?
Quarantine is more strict than isolation. It means the period of time a person who has or could have COVID-19 is required to stay away from others to prevent the disease from spreading. When you are in quarantine, you cannot leave your quarantine location. The Government of Canada requires some people to quarantine after travel. More info: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#how-to-quarantine
What does “self-monitor” mean?
Self-monitoring means to check in with yourself daily to see if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, please:
- stay home;
- isolate; and
- seek testing (PCR or rapid antigen).
If you are self-monitoring, it’s a good idea to lay low and avoid close contact, gatherings, and vulnerable community members. Wear a mask and practice CAFN’s Safe 6.
What does “close contact” mean?
- For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet (2 metres) for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while someone is in their infectious period.
- The infectious period, which is when someone can spread illness, is usually 2 days before the start of their symptoms until 10 days after symptoms develop.
What should you do if you are a close contact?
- If you are fully vaccinated, please self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the exposure.
- If you are NOT fully vaccinated, self-isolate for 7 days after the date of your last exposure and self–monitor for symptoms for an additional 7 days.
- If you develop symptoms, even if mild, self-isolate and seek testing.
- If you are a close contact because you live with someone (are a household member and/or primary caretaker) who has symptoms or has tested positive, you should self-isolate along with your household member until their isolation period is over and they are no longer symptomatic.
- Please respect others by telling your close contacts if you test positive.
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What is “fully vaccinated”?
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, fully vaccinated means:
- You have had 2 COVID-19 shots, and the second was less than 6 months and at least 14 days ago; OR
- You had 2 COVID-19 shots plus your booster shot, and your booster was at least 14 days ago.
Note: the legal requirement for full vaccination under Yukon’s “proof of vaccination certificate” is currently 2 doses.
What is “NOT fully vaccinated”?
- You have had 1 COVID shot,
- You have had 2 COVID shots more than 6 months ago but HAVE NOT had your booster shot, OR
- You have not had any COVID shots (unvaccinated).