Update regarding Additional Response Measures from Ugpi’ganjig Health Centre May,15 2020

Dear Community and Staff members:

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. The province had issued a state of emergency on March
19th, 2020 and has since been extended bi-weekly.

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 at this time.
The province had issued a statement and, in a phase process, has lifted some restrictions. We are currently In the ORANGE Phase 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. Keep in mind that we still need to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. 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 th<1t 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 toal of 120 COVID 19 cases, 2 active cases and 118 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 at 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 811

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 May 18th, 2020:


1. Health Centre: The health center will remain closed, we anticipate a return to work on June 1st, 2020. This date is only subject to change, should the Province of New Brunswick implement restrictions, and we move back a phase within the provincial recovery plan.
2. Reduced operations Phase 1: There will be a transition period back to work, all band departments including the health center will operate (3) days per week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Phone lines will be available from 9:00 am -10:00 am & 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and from 9:00 am -10:00 am on Fridays.
3. Access to Health Centre: Upon reopening there will be no flow through traffic within the health center. All clients coming in to the health center will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
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. Dr. 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
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.


f 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