March 26th, 2020
To: Community Members and Staff
From: The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre
Subject: Response measures COVID-19
The Eel River Bar First Nation and the Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre would like to ensure all staff and community members have accurate and factual information regarding the COVID-19 virus that has been making its way worldwide. On March 19th, 2020 the Province of New Brunswick issued a state of emergency province wide.
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.
The Ugpi’ganjig Health staff have been working hard on preparing information that will go out to community households March 27th, 2020 which will include:
- How to properly wash your hands magnets
- How to self-isolate handout
- COVID-19 Neighborhood Watch tool with instructions
We are asking that you continue to take the following steps to help flatten the epidemic curve:
- Wash your hands properly for 20 seconds, and frequently throughout the day
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow
Below is a link to the federal government website that is updated frequently with accurate, up to date information:
The following actions will remain in place within the Health Centre until April 15th, 2020 or until the state of emergency within the province has been lifted. Please note that this will be re-assessed on a weekly basis.
- Health Centre: The health center will remain closed for a period of 14 days. We anticipate a return to work on April 15th. The situation will be reassessed prior to 14 days and a memo will be distributed with the decision to open or extend.
- The main phone line will be accessible to take calls from 9:00am – 10:00am and 1:00pm – 2:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:00am – 10:00am on Fridays.
- This measure has been taken to ensure the Health and Safety of our Community members, staff members and the general population and to encourage social distancing.
- Essential Services: Home and Community Care Clients receiving personal care will remain on going. All non-essential home and community care services are suspended until further notice.
- Meals on Wheels: will continue as usual.
- Medical Transportation: All Medical travel which requires use of the Health Centre’s fleet vehicles are suspended until further notice.
- All Program related activities will be suspended until the Health Centre reopens.
- Fontaine’s Clinic will be suspended and will resume when the Health Centre reopens.
- Water sampling will remain ongoing.
- Nursing Services: The Community Health Nurse is available by appointment for any essential services (Scheduled immunizations, monthly injections, ect.) She can be reached by telephone or by text message should you have any health-related questions or concerns @506-686-0667.
- ADAP Services: ADAP will continue to service their clients on an as need basis, via telephone, text or video messaging.
- Mental Health Services: Mental Health counselling services will still be provided on an as need basis, via telephone, text or video messages. Should you require services, you can contact Glenda Wysote-LaBillois @ 506-686-0596, @506-684-3742 or you can contact Kevin St-Laurent @506-789-8884.
If you start having symptoms isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Immediately CALL TELECARE-811. Describe your symptoms and travel history. They will provide advice on what you should do.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience and support during this period of time and assure you that all current and future discussions will be made with everyone’s best interest and health in mind. Should you have any questions regarding this memo contact Misty LaBillois, the Director of Health @ 506-685-7047.
Director of Health