May 30th, 2020
To: Ugpi’ganjig community members
From: Director of Health
Subject: Information regarding self-monitor & self-isolate from the Director of Health
Dear Ugpi’ganjig community members;
Firstly, on behalf of all the staff at the Health Centre, we can’t express our gratitude for the amount of community support and cooperation we’ve seen in the last several months.
I want to provide our members with some clarifications surrounding the differences between self-monitoring & self-isolating.
With the risk at an elevated level, we ask that community members use the following methods below if you fall within the criteria.
You should self-monitor if:
- You have no symptoms, AND
- You may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, OR
- You are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable, OR
- You have been asked to do so by the local public health authority
Self-monitoring means to:
- Monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Reduce outings to only essential needs, avoid crowded places, and maintain social distancing protocols from others when possible. If social distancing isn’t possible; the use of a community face mask is strongly urged.
You must self-isolate if:
- You have come in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, OR
- You have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if mild), OR
- You have travelled outside of Canada (including the US) within the last 14 days, AND do NOT have symptoms.
- You have travelled outside of the Province of New Brunswick within the last 14 days, AND do NOT have symptoms unless you are exempt by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
- If you are over the age of 70 or have a medical condition or compromised immune system, it is strongly recommended that you self-isolate.
Self-isolation means to:
- Stay at home.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
- Avoid contact with others.
- If you need to shop, use food delivery services or online shopping. Do not go into stores or supermarkets in person.
- Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact.
- Ask family, a neighbor, or friend to help with essential errands.
- You are not permitted to leave your property, unless it is an emergency to seek medical attention, or scheduled COVID-19 follow up appointments.
Please remember that we need to be responsible for our vulnerable population’s health and safety and others around us. If you fit in any of these criterias, you need to self-isolate regardless if you are directed to do so or not by a healthcare professional.
We have to note that it’s imperative that even though we feel distressed during this pandemic; we still need to follow the province’s health and safety guidelines.
With the testing sites currently operating in the Campbellton and Dalhousie areas, the process for receiving a test still follows:
- Contact 811 or the Community Health Nurse
- After receiving direction to have a test, please consult with the Community Health Nurse.
- While awaiting results; it’s crucial that you return home and self-isolate until receiving confirmation of test outcome.
Still to date, the most effective methods to keep yourself safe is frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds and practicing physical distancing. I can not stress enough the importance of remaining vigilant is for our community. We all need to continue to work together to keep our community and vulnerable population safe.
At this time, we encourage all community members to keep using their colour cards, and keep an eye out for any colours of concerns, and feel free to contact the staff at Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre. We are here for you Ugpi’ganjig.
Director of Health