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Declaration of State of Emergency and Travel Ban due to COVID 19
Posted: Apr 07, 2020

Message from Gimaa Nelson Toulouse and Council of Sagamok Anishnawbek

Declaration of State of Emergency and Travel Ban due to COVID 19


On Tuesday April 7, 2020, Gimaa Nelson Toulouse and Council of Sagamok Anishnawbek held a teleconference to officially declare a state of emergency for Sagamok Anishnawbek.


The State of Emergency includes a travel ban effective Friday April 10, 2020 beginning at 11:00 pm


As the COVID19 pandemic is spreading more rapidly with positive cases in Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury Districts, Sagamok leadership is exercising these measures to protect our community.


These measures are necessary to mitigate the risk of contracting the COVID 19 virus, and to prevent the spread of the virus, if the virus comes into our community we will likely see many fatalities.


This decision was not made lightly, Council of Sagamok Anishnawbek has made this decision based on the recommendations of Sagamok EOCG. We have many members and residents who have underlying health conditions and compromised immunities.


The travel ban will permit essential services into our community including, but not limited to:

Health professionals and practitioners, nurses, doctors, PSWs, RPNs,

Deliveries of food to Sagamok Food Bank and Sagamok businesses,

Deliveries of pharmaceutical, fuel, registered couriers, hardware and building supplies

Utilities such as Hydro One, Blue Wave, IT/Telecommunications

Essential workers of Sagamok Anishnawbek

Designated caregivers not ordinarily resident

Anyone with written permission from Gimaa Nelson Toulouse


The travel passes will permit our members and residents working off reserve to leave the community


The travel passes will permit members and residents to leave the community for necessary medical appointments


Travel passes will permit one member per household to leave the community once per week to tend to essential shopping and postal services; maximum 2 people per vehicle


The travel ban will eliminate unnecessary travel after 11:00 pm


This is no confirmed COVID 19 cases in Sagamok as of today and we want to keep it that way.

We are urging our members and residents to take this virus and its implications seriously; we want to ensure the health and safety of all our members and residents.


We respectfully request our members that are returning to the community from areas with positive cases to self-isolate for a period of 14 days to monitor their symptoms; this is in the interest of your safety and the safety of our community.

We do not want to see the spread of COVID 19 into our community of Sagamok Anishnawbek.

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