June 19th, 2020
To: Community Members and Staff
From: Child & Family Services
Response Measures: COVID-19
Dear Community Members and Staff;
On May 27th, 2020 Chief medical officer Dr. Jennifer Russell announced that region 5 would return to operating within the orange phase of the recovery and reopening plan. This decision was made because of new COVID-19 cases were emerging in our Zone. This presented a high risk of transmission. In the span of three weeks following this directive, our region still has 27 active COVID-19 cases. The Eel River Bar First Nation’s Chief, Council and the Pandemic Response Team have collectively decided to extend our office closure and to reassess the situation after 7 days and may result in further changes to our hours of operations.
I would like to emphasize that this news is very disappointing. These are unprecedented times; important decisions must be made regularly to prevent the spread of this virus. I feel it is important to add that the province of New Brunswick has had a total of 164 cases, and 135 have recovered, 2 have passed away. Chief and Council as well as members of the Pandemic Response Team have worked hard to assure that all necessary measures are in place to assure everyone’s safety and wellbeing. I encourage everyone to continue to follow all recommendations from public health officials. Together we will get through this. Essential Child Protection Services will continue to be available by contacting our on-call services at 987-9911.
Please do not hesitate to contact Child and Family Services with respect to any concerns you may have. All regular payments will be mailed unless other arrangements are made.
I thank everyone for your patience and collaboration in these difficult times.
Director Child & Family Services