Update from the Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre regarding Additional Response Measures.

May 1st, 2020


To:                        Community Members and Staff

From:                   The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre

Subject:               Response measures COVID-19

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 causing a global pandemic.  On April 4th, 2020 Chief Sacha along with her fellow council members issued a local state of emergency in Eel River Bar, and they have been reassessing and extending it biweekly.

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. The risk to New Brunswickers is low at this time.

The province has issued a statement and, in a phase, process has lifted some restrictions.  Phase 1 includes a “2 family unit bubble”, outdoor religious services, fishing, the opening of golf courses and outdoor parks, etc.  Should you have any questions regarding this phase please refer to the link provided:


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 not been lifted and have proved to be effective in flattening the epidemic curve in New Brunswick.

In New Brunswick there is a total of 118 COVID-19 cases, 4 active cases and 114 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
  5. Practice social distancing (2 meters between yourself and others)
  6. Stay home and self-isolate, reduce trips for supplies to once a week.
  7. If you experience any symptoms, please contact your Community Health Nurse, or 8-1-1

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 May 19th, 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:

  1. Health Centre: The health center will remain closed until May 19th, 2020.  We anticipate a return to work on May 19th, 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. Should you require assistance with medical travel please contact the Coordinator of Medical Transportation, Sue Plourde.
  7. All Program related activities will be suspended until the Health Centre reopens.
  8. 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.) Mary Lou LaBillois 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.  To report any Non-Compliance: call 1-844-462-8387 from 8:30 to 4:30 pm or email helpaide@gnb.ca

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.



Misty LaBillois
Director of Health