Dear Squaxin family,
This is to inform you that someone living on the reservation has tested positive for Covid-19.
Everything possible will be done to ensure this person gets the best care available and that the virus does not spread any further.
We immediately began contact tracing and will strive to keep the community informed while respectfully maintaining confidentiality.
Sadly, Covid-19 cases will likely increase in the upcoming fall and winter months because coronaviruses spread more easily as people spend more time indoors and in closer proximity.
People who have tested positive for Covid-19, or have had close contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive, should remain in isolation until it’s safe for them to be around others.
If a person is sick, the quarantine time is 10 days after they have no longer have symptoms or fever for 24 hours.
A person who tested positive, but is asymptomatic, should quarantine for 10 days from the date of the test.
People need to quarantine for 14 days after close contact/exposure to the person who is sick.
In the home, anyone who is sick, infected, or had close contact/exposure with someone who was infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or other designated area and use a separate bathroom (if available).
Tiny homes are available for those who cannot safely isolate themselves from others in their own home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, close contact/exposure is defined as being within six (6) feet for a total of 15 minutes or more to a person who is contagious with Covid-19.
Persons with COVID-19 are considered contagious in the period from two (2) days before symptom onset (or a positive test for a person who is asymptomatic) until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.
Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 – or the contact – was wearing a mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE). Also, a negative result before the end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19.
COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Because someone may be infected and contagious two (2) days before symptoms develop, they can spread the virus without being aware of it. That’s why second-hand contact/exposure, which is defined as being around a person who was in contact with someone else who had the virus, is also considered dangerous.
It is very important for all of us to practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet away from other people and wearing masks in public settings.
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, refrain from touching your face or ears, and utilize online shopping for groceries and other necessary household items as much as possible.
We strongly encourage you to limit socialization with people who do not live in your own home. This will aid us in ensuring it doesn’t spread throughout the community.
Try to stay healthy by getting outside to exercise and drink in some vitamin D.
Stay Squaxin strong!
Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
– Marvin Campbell
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Vitamin D Is Important For Your Body to Work Properly and It Boosts The Immune System
Most people living in the Pacific Northwest lack vitamin D because of how little sun we get. Vitamin D, specifically, is produced by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun’s rays.
Vitamin D is extremely helpful for our bodies. It helps with calcium absorption, which enable bodies to build strong bones and teeth, and vitamin D plays a key role in the functioning of the immune system. The immune system beats back infections from bacteria and viruses. Vitamin D is even related to our mood, among many other bodily functions too numerous to mention.
Adding to lower levels of vitamin D due to limited sunlight, Vitamin D deficiency is also relatively common in our elders, obese individuals, and in persons with darker skin tone (darker skin pigment absorbs less of the sun’s rays).
There is evidence that regular oral vitamin D2/D3 intake is generally safe (at the right dose). If you are reasonably healthy, the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (NIHODS) recommends the average daily amounts below [in micrograms (mcg) and International Units (IU)].
If you want to do it naturally, NIHODS recommends eating fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, and mackerel) – which is the best available source of vitamin D (the People of The Water really knew what they were talking about!). Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks (in small amounts) provide some vitamin D. Vitamin D is also added (or fortified) to many foods including milk, breakfast cereals, and to certain brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and soy beverages. Please see the NIHODS for further details (https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/).
Readers please note: If you are taking medication or have a health condition, discuss this with a qualified medical provider. This article is not intended to be a substitute for sound professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about taking supplements of any kind