June 19th, 2020
To: Community Members and Staff
From: The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre
Subject: Response measures COVID-19
Dear Community and Staff members:
Today June 19th, 2020 during the government’s live updates, it was announced that the restrictions in Zone 5 would remain in the ORANGE phase of the provincial recovery plan. On June 11th, 2020 the Provincial state of emergency was extended for an additional 14 days, along with the state of emergency within our community of Ugpi’ganjig.
At this time, and given the situation at hand, I would like to remind everyone that COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation continues to evolve daily. The risk will vary between and within communities and zones, but given the increasing number of cases in our region, the risk to Ugpi’ganjig is considered HIGH. We need to be conscious that regardless of the number active cases, that until there is a vaccination developed no one person is immune to the virus and it will continue to remain in our communities.
We are currently back in the ORANGE Phase which includes a “2 family unit bubble”, outdoor religious services, fishing, the opening of golf courses and outdoor parks, outside gatherings of 10 or less, re-opening of certain business, etc. It is very important given the situation in our area, that we still continue to strictly practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Wear a community face mask when going out in public, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 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 164 COVID-19 cases, 27 active cases (the majority within zone 5) and 135 recovered cases, and 2 deaths. Should the outbreak continue to remain controlled, and the curve is flattened in our area, the tentative date to move to the yellow phase is June 26th, 2020.
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
- Practice social distancing (2 meters/6 feet between yourself and others)
- Wear community face masks when available, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Stay home and self-isolate, reduce trips for supplies to once a week.
- 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 Eel River Bar First Nation’s Chief, Council and Senior members of the Pandemic Response Team have reviewed and consulted with one another to determine the best and safest recovery plan for the community and staff moving forward. Collectively, we are working to ensure that there is a comprehensive COVID-19 return to work policy, COVID-19 Operational Plan, adequate sanitary supplies for all Band Buildings and personal protective equipment for all staff.
The following actions within the Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre will take effect June 19th, 2020:
- Health Centre: The health center will remain closed. The situation will be assessed on a weekly basis to determine a re-opening.
- Access to Health Centre: At this time, any clients coming in to the health center will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY for ESSENTIAL needs basis by communicating with the Community Health Nurse. The Main line will be available to take calls Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am & 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, and Fridays 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
- 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. Should you require assistance with medical travel please contact the Coordinator of Medical Transportation, Sue Plourde.
- 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, 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.
- ADAP Services: ADAP will continue to service their clients on an as need basis, via telephone, text or video messaging by contacting Nora LaBillois @ 506-987-1538, or Dwayne Ward @ 506-760-1126.
- 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.
Criteria for testing in New Brunswick has changed. At this time, anyone with one or more symptoms can be tested by contacting 8-1-1 or the Community Health Nurse. Everyone should be monitoring for symptoms for the next 14 days.
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 email@example.com
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