This page is OKIB's official source of information for members regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please bookmark this page and check back daily for updates.


Snc’c’amala?tn Summer Day Camp cancelled

May 15, 2020 - The Snc’c’amala?tn Summer Day Camp, held in July and August, has been cancelled as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of the children, their families, the greater community and our staff. The Summer Day Camp has many outdoor and sports activities where social distancing would be a challenge as well as two field trips each week where children are all on the bus together.

Thank you for your understanding and we are wishing you and your families good health.


COVID-19 testing available for OKIB community members and staff

May 8, 2020 - OKIB Health is preparing to offer testing of community members and staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call the OKIB Nurse Hotline 250-241-7595 to book.

Where: OKIB Health Centre

Who: OKIB community members and staff who are experiencing any symptoms compatible with COVID 19 (even mild symptoms) including:Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, or loss of appetite.

  • Individuals who do not have any symptoms will not be tested.
  • Testing will be done by OKIB RNs and LPNs who have obtained competency and attended training.

Questions? Call the OKIB Nurse Hotline 250-241-7595.

Click to read the member bulletin.


What to do if you have symptoms

March 23, 2020 - Today the Okanagan Indian Band Health Department issued a bulletin for all members about what to do if you have symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Flu-like feelings
  • Trouble with your breathing

You are required to do the following:

  1. Self-isolate immediately (stay home and away from others).
  2. Use the online COVID-19 Symptom Self-assessment Tool or call 8-1-1.
  3. Call the OKIB Nurses Hotline Number at 250-241-7595 to let the OKIB Nurses know that you or your family are self-isolating.

IT IS VITAL THAT ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOLLOW THESE STEPS.

IF EVERYONE FOLLOWS THESE STEPS WE CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF COVID-19 TO OUR COMMUNITY.

OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS DEPENDS ON IT.


Symptom Self-assessment Tool and Information on testing

March 17, 2020 - Here is some information for community members about testing for COVID-19:

The BC Ministry of Health has a COVID-19 Symptom Self-assessment Tool that you can use.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

People with respiratory symptoms who are:

  • Hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
  • Health Care Workers
  • Residents of long term care facilities
  • Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak

Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?

  • People without symptoms
  • Patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home, including returning travellers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada

The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has symptoms - including a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or difficulty breathing to self-isolate for 14 days.

To protect yourself while out in public, wash your hands frequently and maintain a distance of about 2 metres from others.

For more information on COVID-19, check out to HealthLink BC's COVID-19 website.

The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am to 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.


Previous communications from OKIB about the pandemic

May

April

March

February


Resources for reliable and current information

Follow these links for up-to-date information from reliable sources.

BC Centre for Disease Control:

BC Ministry of Health:

First Nations Health Authority

Government of Canada:

HealthLink BC:

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC):