13 tribal members get COVID; 10% face quarantine

.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe reported Dec. 1 that at least 13 community members had tested positive for COVID-19 following Thanksgiving holiday gatherings.

On its Facebook page the tribe reported that at least 50 people also had been directly exposed to the virus. That represents roughly 10% of the reservation’s households that will need to quarantine for 14 days.

“It did not need to be this way,” reads the Facebook post, recognizing that the virus has kept people away from friends and family so much this year and that it is especially hard to be away from each other over the holidays, but the virus is still out there and dangerous.

“While most people infected with COVID-19 recover, some don’t. With this disease, death isn’t the only terrible outcome: a significant percentage report debilitating symptoms lasting weeks or months. No family dinner or friend gathering is worth a life ended or indefinitely side-lined,” reads the post.

The post notes it was not trying to shame anyone, but instead encouraging the Port Gamble S’Klallam community to learn from this and remind them that now is not the time to let their guard down. It also reminded the community to be thankful for frontline workers, who have been working to keep the virus from spreading.

“We need you to continue to take this seriously. Staying home saves lives and ensures a lifetime more of gatherings, dinners and holiday celebrations. It’s what we all want, but that future is dictated by what we do now. Please do your part,” the post concludes.

In a news release to the community, the tribe encouraged members to get tested for COVID at the drive-thru clinic Dec. 2 at The Point Casino Hotel. It also noted that a negative test does not mean that you are clear of the virus, just that you did not have it at the time of test.

The tribe has had few cases to this point and took pride in establishing an early community testing site in May, the news release says.

(

More in News

Vaccines offer hope on anniversary of 1st COVID case

One year ago Wednesday, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was found… Continue reading

.
Locals work with feds on law to reduce carbon

About 160 local people are part of a nationwide grassroots group that… Continue reading

.
51 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap

On Saturday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 51 new positive COVID-19… Continue reading

.
Supply not meeting demand for Kitsap COVID vaccinations

Kitsap Public Health asks for patience upon receiving “extremely high volume” of vaccine inquiries

.
Poulsbo man arrested for possession of child porn

A 25-year-old Poulsbo man has been arrested on charges of suspicion of… Continue reading

<em>One of Poulsbo’s Free Food Pantry’s can be found outside Fishlines Market Place on Viking Avenue.</em>
Courtesy photo
Food pantries popping up to help those in need

Take what you need; give what you can

.
State trying to make it easier to get COVID-19 vaccine

Washington is moving to the next phase of vaccine distribution, the state… Continue reading

.
Superior Court judge issues temporary restraining order against That One Place

Port Orchard restaurant has been serving customers inside in defiance of the governor’s order

.
Port Orchard surges forward in 2021 with projects, priorities

South Kitsap Community Events Center project tops mayor’s priorities this year

Most Read