January 6, 2021
To: Staff and Community Members
From: The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre
Subject: Update regarding recovery transition to Orange (Fox) zone.
Community of Upgi’ganjig,
Due to rising cases of COVID-19 across New Brunswick, the Province has moved all Zones to Phase ORANGE of their recovery plan. As a result of this decision, Eel River Bar First Nation transitioned to the ORANGE PHASE (FOX) of the Community’s Pandemic Plan. As detailed in the Ugpi’ganjig First Nation COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, we will reduce our hours of operation to three days a week. We will be open to the Public by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m to 12 p.m and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
As a Community Member, we understand that you have many concerns and questions. We have established a secure and confidential email to answer any of your COVID related or general health concerns. This email will be managed by the nursing team at Ugpi’ganjig Health Center. You can email the following Covid.firstname.lastname@example.org , a Nurse will answer your questions or provide you with appropriate resources.
Nursing Services will be available during regular business hours and can be reached at the following cellular numbers by telephone call or by text messaging outside of regular hours.
Marylou LaBillois, RN 506-686-0667
Misty LaBillois, LPN 506-685-7047
Dr. Fontaine’s Clinic will be suspended until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience. For Prescription Refills Marylou LaBillois, RN, can be reached to assist you with your medication needs.
Essential Services, including Home and Community Care (personal Care) and Meals on Wheels will continue as usual. Water Sampling will continue.
Medical Transportation forms will be available for pick up and drop off. Please call 506-684-5002 to arrange a time. Medical disbursements (cheques) will be available for pick up on Thursdays from 2PM to 4PM, please call in advance. Susan Plourde can be reached at 506-686-1425 for medical transportation questions or concerns.
ADAP Services will continue virtually. Please contact Dwayne Ward by phone or text at 506-76-1126.
Mental Health Services will continue in person or virtually, depending on your provider. If you need services you can reach out to Glenda Wysote-LaBillois at 506-686-0596 or 506-684-3742, or Kevin St. Laurent at 506-789-8884 or a counsellor at Mawlugutineg Wellness Team at email@example.com
With increased cases within our neighboring communities, we must remind ourselves that we all have an important role in keeping our community safe. We can all do our part by following Public Health measures.
Maintain physical distancing, wear a mask in indoor public spaces; wear a mask in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing can not be maintained; keep to a one household bubble that can include a caretaker or caregiver; wash or sanitize your hands often; use proper respiratory etiquette; clean high touch surface areas often such as door knobs, cell phones, light switches; reduce all non essential travel; stay home if you are sick and if you present with COVID-19 symptoms get tested. If you travelled outside of NB and or have been instructed to isolate by Public Health – please do.
Most importantly, take care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health. During times of uncertainty, stress can increase and have a direct toll on your overall health. Try to go outdoors daily, fit in at least twenty minutes of exercise, stay connected to your loved ones by phone, facetime, text, or social media, drink plenty of water, give thanks, smudge, or pray to your higher power, and reach out if you need to talk to someone.
We will get through this, with support, kindness and respect.
In Spirit of Health and Community,
Lynn LaBillois, RN
Director of Health
Ugpi’ganjig Health Center