November 6th, 2020
To: Staff and community members
From: The Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre
Subject: Yellow Phase of Recovery Plan – COVID 19
Dear Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre Staff,
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 have 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, the COVID-19 situation has been evolving very rapidly in our area (Zone 5).
Currently, there are 14 active cases of Covid-19 in Zone 5. The pandemic response working group, with the approval of Chief and Council, has 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.
Effective 12:00 p.m. November 5th, 2020, Zone 5 will be transitioning forward into the Phase YELLOW of the Provincial Recovery Plan. As a result, we will be returning back to work Monday November 9th, 2020. As outlined in The Eel River Bar Community Recovery Phase Guidelines, the Pandemic Response Team has determined that we will move to the YELLOW (Sunflower) phase.
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.
The following will take effect Monday November 9th, 2020:
- Health Centre: The health center will be open Monday – Friday regular hours. However, the health center will be closed Wednesday November 11th, 2020 for Remembrance Day.
- Phase Yellow Operations: We will remain in the transition period back to work, the health center staff will work (4) full work days, staff will be alternating on Mondays and Fridays.
- Access to Health Centre: There will be no flow through traffic within the health center. All clients coming in to the health center will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY until further notice.
- Essential Services: Home and Community Care Clients receiving personal care will remain on going. All non-essential home and community care services will be evaluated.
- Meals on Wheels: will continue as usual.
- Medical Transportation: Medical forms will be available for pick up/drop off’s, please call 684-5002 to arrange a time. Medical travel cheques will be available for pick up at the health center on Thursdays at 2 pm.
- All Program related activities will be done virtually.
- Dr. Fontaine’s Clinic will continue to be held every Friday from 9 am – 12 pm. Clinics will resume on Friday November 13th, 2020.
- 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. Please contact Dwayne Ward @ 506-760-1126.
- Mental Health Services: Mental Health counselling services remain ongoing. 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
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, LPN
Cc: Lynn LaBillois, Director of Health