One of our main priorities at the Eel River Bar First Nation and the Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre is to ensure all staff and community members have accurate and factual information regarding the COVID-19 virus that has continued to make its way worldwide. On April 4th, 2020 Chief Sacha along with her fellow council members issued a local state of emergency in Eel River Bar.
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation continues to evolve daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is still considered high.
Community members are asked to continue being diligent in the fight against the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you keep up the great work self-isolating and practicing social distancing. These measures have proved to be effective in flattening the epidemic curve in our Zone 5.
Currently in Zone 5, there have been NO new cases of COVID-19 since Friday A ril 3rd, 2020. There is a total of 10 active cases in Zone 5. In New Brunswick a total of 108 COVID-19 cases, 58 active cases and 50 recovered cases.
We are asking that you continue to take the following steps to help flatten the epidemic curve:
1. Wash your hands properly for 20 seconds, and frequently throughout the day
2. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
3. Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
4. 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:
Stay home to practice strict social distancing, only allow one family member to leave for essential food and supplies, and try to limit this to once a week.
The following actions will remain in place within the Health Centre until May 4t11, 2020 or until the state of emergency within the province has been lifted. Please note that this wm be re-assessed on a weekly basis:
1. Health Centre: The health center will remain closed until May 4t11, 2020. We anticipate a return to work on May 4th, 2020. The situation will be reassessed prior to this date and a memo will be distributed with the decision to open or extend.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Meals on Wheels: will continue as usual.
6. Medical Transportation: All Medical travel which requires use of the Health Centre’s fleet vehicles are suspended until further notice.
7. All Program related activities will be suspended until the Health Centre reopens.
8. Dr. Fontaine’s Clinic will be suspended and will resume when the Health Centre reopens.
9. Water sampling will remain ongoing.
10. Nursing Services: The Community Health Nurse is available by appointment for any essential services (Scheduled immunizations, monthly injections, etc.) She can be reached by telephone or by text message should you have any health-related questions or concerns @506-686-0667.
11 ADAP Services: ADAP will continue to service their clients on an as need basis, via telephone, text or video messaging.
12. 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 your community health nurse or 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 these unprecedented times. Should you have any questions regarding this memo please contact Misty LaBillois 506-685-7047.
Director of Health