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COVID cases at Boston Bar lead to shutdown of community programs – Chilliwack Progress

Several recent cases of COVID-19 have been detected in and around Boston Bar.

In response to the cases, several offices and programs are closed and canceled. The village of Tuckkwiowhum closed all facilities over the weekend, including the gas station.

The Boston Bar First Nation band office and the Anderson and North Bend areas of the Boston Bar First Nation reserve are also closed. Tuckkwiowhum Campground has said it will not take any new reservations until August 22.

Due to community health concerns, the Boston Bar Food Bank will operate but with closed doors and tightened security protocols. Fraser Canyon Family Place and the Youth Summer Adventures program have also closed.

The village of Tuckkwiowhum in Boston Bar was also the CN rescue center for those affected by the Lytton fire. For those who need to access this help, emails should be sent to [email protected]

The village of Tuckkwiowhum says that “being vaccinated offers protection to individuals, but mild symptoms can still develop and the virus transmitted to the most vulnerable members of our community.”

However, Fraser Health says no outbreaks have been identified in Boston Bar, as of August 9.

They said they did not identify the specific location of confirmed cases “unless public health can be certain that they have reached all who need to be contacted and who therefore could pose a risk to the public” .

Still, the village of Tuckkwhiowhum leadership said those who have attended public gatherings in the past two weeks should know they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

And Monday morning, a mobile testing team was set up at the Anderson Creek Clinic, 46100 Hicks Road in Boston Bar. This was believed to have been the result of half a dozen local cases of COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person and vary among age groups. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

Common symptoms are:

• runny nose

• new or worsening cough

• shortness of breath

• difficulty in breathing

• temperature of 38 degrees or more and chills

• fatigue or weakness

• muscle or body pain

• gastrointestinal symptoms (pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

• Feel bad.

If you think you’ve been exposed or aren’t feeling well, get tested immediately and isolate yourself from others.

Testing facilities are located at Fraser Canyon Hospital in Hope Monday through Friday. Book your appointment online through Fraser Health.

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