October 24th, 2020
To: Staff & Community Members
From: The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre
Subject: Response measures COVID-19
One of our main priorities at Ugpi’ganjig First Nation and the Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre is to ensure all staff and community members are safe, healthy and accurate and factual information regarding the COVID-19 virus that has continued to make its way worldwide, causing a global pandemic. As you are aware, Covid-19 situation has been evolving very rapidly in our area (Zone 5).
Currently, there are 50 active cases of Covid-19 in Zone 5. The pandemic response working group, with the approval of Chief and Council have developed a guideline detailing the recovery phases for the community of Ugpi’ganjig First Nation. In this guideline you will find triggers that put the community in each of their recovery phases.
Our team has been made aware of (3) or more cases of exposure to a positive Covid-19 case. As a result of contact tracing by Public Health, these cases have been directed to self-isolate. As per the Eel River Bar Community Recovery Phase Guidelines, the Pandemic Response Team has determined that we will remain in the RED phase (Moose).
Effective immediately, all band operations and projects will be closed for an additional 13 days. The Pandemic Response Team will evaluate the risks prior to November 6th, 2020 and provide further direction moving forward.
Our team will continue to closely monitor the situation within our area and will provide updates to the community and staff as they become available. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to limit contact with other people and social distance, avoid public places and mass gatherings, wear face coverings, practice proactive cough etiquette, and frequently wash/sanitize your hands.
Reminder, there will be COVID-19 testing Sunday October 25th, 2020 at the Inch Arran Ice Palace for those who are Asymptomatic from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have symptoms, please call 8-1-1 to book an appointment.
The following programs will continue to operate with restrictions:
- The main phone line will be available to take calls from 9:00 am -11:00 am, Monday to Friday for messages or medical transportation requests.
- Home and Community Care will be available for clients requiring personal care, all other non-essential home care will be evaluated in (13) days.
- Meals on wheels will continue as usual.
- Community based water sampling will continue as usual.
- Nursing services will be limited to as needed, by appointment only, by telephone or video chat, etc.
- Mental Health and Addiction Services will be available by request, via telephone, video chat, etc
All other programs will be suspended until evaluated in (13) days.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support during these unprecedented times. We’re all in this together, “kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle”. Should you have any questions regarding this memo please contact Misty LaBillois 506-685-7047.
Misty LaBillois, A/Director of Health