(Penticton Indian Band photo)

(Penticton Indian Band photo)

Penticton Indian Band COVID outbreak up to 22 cases

The PIB has been grappling with a surge in cases since an April funeral

The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) is currently dealing with 22 active cases of COVID-19 within the community, the PIB said in a May 6 notice.

The 22 cases is three more than the 19 that were reported during the last update on May 3.

The surge in cases within the PIB community comes after a positive test was recorded from a member who attended a funeral on PIB land April 29.

“It is important that we all work together to keep our lines of communication with the health department open,” reads the PIB’s latest public notice. “Please be honest when health checks are made. PIB Health wants to ensure that you stay as comfortable as possible during this time and to ensure if you do develop any symptoms that we are able to assist as best as we can.”

Some quarantine periods will soon be coming to a close, but the PIB stressed the importance of waiting until people have been cleared by the health department to end their quarantines.

Many PIB members have also expressed concern with people stopping by to visit at homes where they don’t reside.

“It is important that we respect the health and safety of each other by calling first,” the PIB notice said.

“Please give each person the space and respect to turn down your offer to visit. There are many options to safely be together in our bubble.

We send our prayers for the wellness of all PIB families during this time. We will get through COVID together.”

READ MORE: Penticton Indian Band calls out those unwilling to help contact trace

READ MORE: COVID-19 exposure at Penticton Indian Band funeral



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